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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
Bach: Solo Cantatas / Scholl, Kooy, Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
Release Date: 11/09/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 5908372   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    Bach: Johannes-Passion / Frans Brüggen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434905 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  James Bowman,  Annegeer Stumphius,  Kristinn Sigmundsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 81.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 17 / Suzuki, Blaze, Turk, Nonoshita, Etc
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1221 Release Date: 02/26/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Gerd Türk,  Yukari Nonoshita,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 82.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 16 / Suzuki, Nonoshita, Hida, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 01/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Jochen Kupfer,  Peter Kooy,  Yoshie Hida  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 83.
    Gilles: Requiem / Herreweghe, Mellon, Crook, Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2981341 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Gilles
    Performer:  Agnès Mellon,  Howard Crook,  Hervé Lamy,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris
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  • 84.
    Philippe Herreweghe Edition - Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908123 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Orlando de Lassus,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Laiter,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Birgit Remmert,  James Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Royal Chapel European Vocal Ensemble,  Musique Oblique  ... 
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  • 85.
    Schein: Israelis Brünnlein / Herreweghe, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2981574 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Hermann Schein
    Performer:  Elisabeth Scholl,  Simon Berridge,  Hervé Lamy,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Chapel European Vocal Ensemble
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  • 86.
    Bach: Cantatas For Solo Bass / Kooy, Herreweghe, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951365 Release Date: 07/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  La Chapelle Royale Chorus Paris
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  • 87.
    Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen - Water In Songs By Franz Schubert
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Leo van Doeselaar,  Peter Kooy
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  • 88.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 13 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Yoshie Hida,  Kirsten Sollek,  Makoto Sakurada  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Concerto Palatino Brass Ensemble
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  • 89.
    Theile: Psalm Motets, Etc / Cordes, Weser-renaissance
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999489 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Theile
    Performer:  Ralf Popken,  Heidrun Luchterhand,  Joseph Cornwell,  Margit Schultheiss  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Cordes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Weser Renaissance
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  • 90.
    Rameau: Les Grands Motets / Herreweghe, La Chapelle Royale
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951078 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Lieve Monbaliu,  Stephen Varcoe,  Jan-Willem Jansen,  Suzanne Gari  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 91.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 7 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 881 Release Date: 08/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ingrid Schmithüsen,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 92.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 5 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 841 Release Date: 08/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Yoshikazu Mera,  Midori Suzuki,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 93.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 6 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 851 Release Date: 08/05/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Monica Frimmer,  Gerd Türk
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 94.
    Bach: Magnificat, Etc / Parrott, Tavener Consort & Players
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61647 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Caroline Trevor,  Charles Daniels,  Peter Kooy,  Emily van Evera  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Players
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  • 95.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 12 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1031 Release Date: 03/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yukari Nonoshita,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy,  Robin Blaze
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Palatino Brass Ensemble,  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 96.
    Bach: Markus-passion / Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 80221 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Paul Agnew,  Peter Kooy,  Klaus Mertens,  Bernhard Landauer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Cappella Breda Boys
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  • 97.
    Bach: Matthäus-Passion / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1000/2 Release Date: 02/14/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy,  Nancy Argenta,  Robin Blaze  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 98.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 11 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 991 Release Date: 11/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kai Wessel,  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy,  Midori Suzuki
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 99.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Suzuki
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 941/2 Release Date: 09/15/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Yoshikazu Mera,  Monica Frimmer,  Gerd Türk,  Peter Kooy
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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  • 100.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 10 / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 951 Release Date: 09/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Makoto Sakurada,  Peter Kooy,  Miah Persson,  Robin Blaze
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan
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