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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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,  David Rabinovich  ... 
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    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    Batalha: Iberian Organ Music / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72320 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Correa Braga,  Pablo Bruna,  Antonio Carreira,  Joan Cabanilles  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 30.
    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia X - Organ Works Vol 5 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72249 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Nicolaus Bruhns
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 31.
    La Barcha D'amore / Savall, Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9811 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Rolf Lislevand,  Montserrat Figueras,  Hopkinson Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis,  Hespèrion XXI  ... 
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  • 32.
    Bach: New Year's Day Cantatas / Koopman, York, Pregardien, Agnew, Mertens, Et Al
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72296 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Annette Markert,  Bogna Bartosz,  Paul Agnew,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    Bach: Whitsun Cantatas / Koopman, Schlick, York, Wessel, Mertens, Et Al
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72290 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Deborah York,  Barbara Schlick,  Klaus Mertens,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Royal Minstrels Of The Golden Age / Savall, Hesperion XX, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9864 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan del Encina,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Christophe Coin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX,  Hespèrion XXI
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  • 35.
    Bach: Complete Organ Works / Koopman
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692817 Release Date: 03/02/2009   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Ulrike Wild
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia IX - Organ Works Vol 4 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72248 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    History Of The Organ Vol 4 - The Modern Age
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102153 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jehan-Ariste Alain,  Olivier Messiaen,  Charles-Marie Widor,  Various
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain,  Louis Robilliard,  Ton Koopman,  René Saorgin  ... 
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia VIII - Organ Works Vol 3 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72247 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 39.
    Cpe Bach: Harpsichord Concerto, Flute Quartets / Koopman
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416615 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Wiel Peeters,  Richte Van der Meer,  Wilbert Hazelzet
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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    Bach: Funeral Cantatas Bwv 198, 131 / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72286 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Ton Koopman,  Guy de Mey,  Lisa Larsson  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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  • 41.
    Bach: Solo Cantatas For Alto & Tenor / Koopman, Scholl, Pregardien, Et Al
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72282 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Bogna Bartosz,  Andreas Scholl,  Ton Koopman,  Christoph Prégardien
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia VI - Harpsichord Works Vol 2 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72245 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    C. P. E. Bach: Concerti For 2 Harpsichords / Koopman, Mathot
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45306 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Tini Mathot
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Haydn: 6 Organ Concertos / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orch
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416452 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Poulenc: Concerto Pour Orgue, Concert Champêtre / Conlon, Alain, Koopman
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 88141 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc
    Performer:  Marie-Claire Alain,  Ton Koopman
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    The Ultimate Classical Christmas / Ma, Domingo, Battle
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 714332 Release Date: 10/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Traditional,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade,  Kathleen Battle,  Marilyn Horne,  Michael Bolton  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  John T. Williams,  Jerold Ottley,  Steven Mercurio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  American Boychoir,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus  ... 
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia IV - Organ Works Vol 2 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72243 Release Date: 10/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia Vol III - Organ Works Vol 1 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72242 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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  • 49.
    Puer Nobis Nascitur - Christmas Carols
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72234 Release Date: 09/04/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Bull,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Jean-François Dandrieu  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman
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    Bach: Kaffee Kantate / Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72280 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Paul Agnew,  Anne Grimm,  Klaus Mertens,  Ton Koopman  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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