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: 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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 22 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1321 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Robin Blaze,  Peter Kooy,  Jan Kobow
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 70.
    Bach: Johannes-passion, Matthäus-passion / Suzuki, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1342/4 Release Date: 04/22/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Tetsuya Odagawa,  Jan Hagiwara,  Chiyuki Urano,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 71.
    J.s. Bach: Cantatas / Herreweghe, Schlick, Mellon, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62025 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Howard Crook,  Peter Kooy,  Agnès Mellon,  Barbara Schlick  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Gilles: Requiem;  Corrette: Carillon Des Morts / Herreweghe
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 471722 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michel Corrette,  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Anne Marie Rodde,  Jean Nirouët,  Martyn Hill,  Ulrich Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 73.
    Bach: Ich Hatte Viel Bekummernis, Etc / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951328 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Gérard Lesne,  Howard Crook,  Peter Harvey  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 74.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 18 / Suzuki, Blaze, Sakurada, Kooij
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1251 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 75.
    Charpentier: Miserere, Motets / Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951185 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Henri Ledroit,  William Kendall,  Peter Kooy,  Isabelle Poulenard  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris,  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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