Peter Kooy

Biography

Born: September 17, 1954; Soest, Germany  
Peter Kooy is a bass singer whose focus has primarily been on works from the Baroque era, particularly the cantatas and Passions of J.S. Bach. He has appeared in concert and on recordings with many of the leading conductors in the field of Baroque music, including Philippe Herreweghe, Roger Norrington, Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt.

Kooy (also Kooij) was born on September 17, 1954 in Soest, Holland. He exhibited musical talent in
Read more his early childhood and by age six was singing treble in a choir led by his father. His attractive voice drew attention and soon he was appearing in concerts and on recordings. Despite his vocal proclivities his first serious music studies were on the violin, and he eventually enrolled in the Utrecht Conservatory to pursue advanced training on the instrument. In 1977, however, he entered Amsterdam's Sweelinck Conservatory, where he studied voice with Max von Egmond.

He graduated in 1980 from the Conservatory and soon established his career as a bass singer. From about 1990 Kooy's activity in the recording studio has been heavy, resulting in numerous recordings -- many of Bach's cantatas, most of which have been released on Harmonia Mundi and Bis Records. While his repertory included much Bach, he also sang music by many other Baroque composers, including Schütz and Charpentier, as well as works from later composers, like Mozart and Fauré, and even Kurt Weill.

In 1991, with his concert career also in full swing, Kooy joined the faculty at Sweelinck Conservatory to serve as professor of singing. He taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, from 1995 to 1998.

Kooy left the Sweelinck Conservatory in 2000, but accepted a post that same year as professor of singing at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. He also remained active in the new century concertizing, recording and conducting master classes in singing in France, Germany, Spain and other European countries. Kooy has made over a hundred recordings, his labels including (besides Harmonia Mundi and Bis) Sony Classics, Philips, EMI and Erato. Read less
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  • 51.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 41 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1691 Release Date: 11/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Carolyn Sampson,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 52.
    Bach: Trauerode BWV 198, Cantate BWV 78 / Herreweghe Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501270 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard Crook,  Peter Kooy,  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Charles Brett
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 53.
    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 39
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1641 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Peter Kooy,  Concerto Palatino,  Robin [Countertenor Vocal] Blaze  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
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  • 54.
    Handel: Hercules / Martini, Wemyss, Sämann, Schoch
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557960 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Franz Schneider,  Nicola Wemyss,  Franz Vitzthum,  Gerlinde Sämann  ... 
    Conductor:  Joachim Carlos Martini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frankfurt Junge Kantorei,  Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Bach: Cantatas, Vol. 38
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1631 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Peter Kooy,  Gerd Türk
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 56.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1701 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Carolyn Sampson,  Robin Blaze,  Rachel Nicholls  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 57.
    Weill: Berliner Requiem, Vom Tod Im Wald, Violinkonzert
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951422 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Alexandre Laiter,  Elisabeth Glab
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris,  Musique Oblique
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  • 58.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 35 / Suzuki, Nonoshita, Blaze, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1571 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Robin Blaze,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 59.
    Lully: Grands Motets;  Dumont: Memorare / Chappele Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951167 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Du Mont,  Jean-Baptiste Lully
    Performer:  Donna Brown,  Guillemette Laurens,  Howard Crook,  Hervé Lamy  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 60.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 34 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1551 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carolyn Sampson,  Gerd Türk,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 61.
    Best Bach 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 83765 Release Date: 02/06/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  J. F. Ludwig Thiele
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Monica Huggett,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Alison Bury  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Philip Ledger,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Andrew Parrott  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  English Chamber Orchestra,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart  ... 
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  • 62.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 32 / Suzuki, Blaze, Kooij, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1501 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Robin Blaze,  Andreas Weller,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 63.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 29 / Suzuki, Mields, Türk, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1461 Release Date: 01/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Pascal Bertin,  Dorothee Mields,  Peter Kooy,  Gerd Türk
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino
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  • 64.
    Rathgeber: Tafel-confect / Sonnentheil, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999995 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber,  Johann Caspar Seyfert
    Performer:  Volker Mühlberg,  Beatrix Hellhammer,  Patrick Dreier,  Hendrike Ter Brugge  ... 
    Conductor:  Jürgen Sonnentheil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Das Neu-Eröffnete Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 28 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1451 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Robin Blaze,  Yukari Nonoshita,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 66.
    Bach: St. Mark Passion / Koopman, York, Landauer, Pregardien, Et Al
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72141 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Deborah York,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy,  Bernhard Landauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 27 / Suzuki, Rydén, Bertin, Kooij, Türk
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1421 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Susanne Rydén,  Pascal Bertin,  Gerd Türk
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 68.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion (Excerpts) / Suzuki, Turk, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1500 Release Date: 04/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Chiyuki Urano,  Nancy Argenta,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 69.
    Bach: Magnificat, Cantata Bwv 80 / Herreweghe, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901326 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Gérard Lesne,  Howard Crook,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 70.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 26 / Suzuki, Nonoshita, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1401 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Timothy Kenworthy-Brown,  Peter Kooy,  Yukari Nonoshita,  Makoto Sakurada
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 71.
    Georg Gebel: Christmas Oratorio
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999993-2 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg II Gebel
    Performer:  Kai Wessel,  Nico Van der Meel,  Monika Mauch,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Bernhard Klapprott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantus Thuringia,  Capella Thuringia
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  • 72.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 25 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1361 Release Date: 09/28/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Daniel Taylor,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 73.
    Charpentier: Motets For Double Choir / Koopman
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4617442 Release Date: 08/23/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Christoph Prégardien,  Dominique Visse,  Harry Van Berne  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 24 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1351 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Yukari Nonoshita,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 75.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 23 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1331 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy,  Matthew White
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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