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 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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  • 52.
    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:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Henri Du Mont
    Performer:  Hervé Lamy,  Peter Kooy,  Guillemette Laurens,  Donna Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Bach: Messe En Si / Philippe Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5901614 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Andreas Scholl,  Peter Kooy,  Véronique Gens  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Missa - The Finest Masses In Musical History
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908183 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Frank Martin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  Philip Mayers,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Steve Davislim  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Daniel Reuss,  Kent Nagano,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin Cathedral Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  ... 
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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.
    Dumont: Motets Pour La Chapelle Du Roy / Herreweghe
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951077 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Du Mont
    Performer:  Guillemette Laurens,  Henri Ledroit,  Peter Kooy,  Ulrich Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Trio - Bach: Matthäus Passion / Brüggen, Van Der Meel, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473263 Release Date: 01/14/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nico Van der Meel,  Kristinn Sigmundsson,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Mona Julsrud  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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