Ton Koopman

Biography

Born: October 12, 1944; Zwolle, The Netherlands  
By his twenties, Antonius "Ton" Koopman was already carving a musical niche for himself in which he would rise to become one of the world's most prominent performers in the early music movement. Koopman was born in the Dutch town of Zwolle in 1944. After what he describes as a "classical education," he went to Amsterdam to study organ (with Simon C. Jansen), harpsichord (with Gustav Leonhardt), and musicology. Koopman's musical interests from the Read more outset centered upon the re-creation of older musics on their original instruments in a thoroughly researched historical performing style. He founded his first Baroque orchestra in 1966, followed by an exuberant career (40 years and counting) of mingled performance, conducting, and scholarship.

As a keyboardist, Ton Koopman has appeared on the most prestigious concert stages of five continents and has produced an extensive discography on Erato, Philips, Sony, Teldec, and other labels. He has concertized on many of the greatest historical organs throughout Europe. He plays harpsichord while leading the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (both of which he also founded), in addition to giving regular guest performances with professional orchestras throughout the world. He has taught harpsichord at the Sweelinck conservatory, serves as a professor of harpsichord at the Hague's Royal Conservatory, and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Koopman's first international prizes -- a pair of Prix d'Excellence -- came for his performances on organ and harpsichord.

Koopman's work as a conductor of early music has garnered him a wealth of further awards, including two Edison Prizes, a 3M Prize, a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, a French Grand Prix du Disque and Prix Hector Berlioz, Grammy nominations in both the U.S. and Britain, and the Silver Phonograph from the Dutch recording industry. Much of his recorded work has been with the period instrument ensemble the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, which he founded in 1979. Together, Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque have produced scores of recordings; Biber, Charpentier, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, and Vivaldi have been featured, though Koopman is best known now for his massive projects with recording the music of J.S. Bach. Between 1994 and 2004 he conducted and recorded the entire corpus of Bach's cantatas; other projects have included the complete Bach organ works and Passions (including Koopman's own reconstruction of the lost Markuspassion). Finally, Koopman maintains an incredibly active schedule as guest conductor, as well as a lengthy publishing career. Read less
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    C.p.e. Bach: 6 Organ Sonatas
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72260 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    The CPE Bach Collection [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 463492 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anner Bylsma,  Bob van Asperen,  Herbert Tachezi,  Hillevi Martinpelto  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Bob van Asperen,  Philippe Herreweghe,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Melante Amsterdam,  Ghent Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia Xvii - Vocal Works Volume 7
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72256 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Diego Ortiz: Recercadas Del Trattado De Glosas
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9899 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz
    Performer:  Lorenz Duftschmid [Viola da Gamba],  Rolf Lislevand,  Ton Koopman,  Jordi Savall  ... 
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    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Bach: Six Partitas For Harpsichord (Clavier Ubung I) Bwv 825-830
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72574 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    Couperin: Pieces De Violes 1728 / Savall, Koopman, Maurette
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9893 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Ariane Maurette,  Ton Koopman
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    Bach: 6 Sonatas For Harpsichord And Violin, Bwv 1014-1019
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72560 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Catherine Manson
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    Essential Film Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  James Horner,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Cécile Ousset,  Manuel Barrueco,  Steve Morse  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  David Abel,  Geoff Love  ... 
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XV - Trio Sonatas Op. 2
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72254 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Catherine Manson,  Mike Fentross,  Ton Koopman
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XVI - Vocal Works 6
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72255 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Kathryn Cok
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Simply Baroque II - Bach & Boccherini / Yo-Yo Ma
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756142 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Monteverdi: Arie e Lamenti, Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi / Figueras, Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9884 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Ton Koopman,  Montserrat Figueras,  Rolf Lislevand  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Simply Baroque / Yo-Yo Ma, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756136 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Luigi Boccherini
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    History Of The Organ - From Latin Origins To The Modern Age
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107508 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Pierre Attaingnant,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo  ... 
    Performer:  Bernard Foccroulle,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Hans Heintze,  André Isoir  ... 
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    Buxtehude Opera Omnia XIII: Chamber Music Vol 2 / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72252 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Members
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos / Brendel, Marriner, ASMF [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001545902 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Alfred Brendel,  Imogen Cooper,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Eduard Melkus,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 20.
    The Bach Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 80821 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Maria Blasi,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Alan Curtis,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Hans Gillesberger
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    Marais: Pieces De Viole / Savall, Koopman, Smith, Coin, Gallet
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9872 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Christophe Coin  ... 
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  • 22.
    Haydn: Organ Concertos / Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72390 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Catherine Manson
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    A Bach Christmas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564680818 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Wiener Sangerknaben
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    Bach: Toccatas And Fugues / Koopman
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4679404 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XII - Chamber Music Vol 1 / Manson, Rabinovich, Fentross, Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72251 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Mike Fentross,  Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba],  David Rabinovich  ... 
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