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.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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  • 33.
    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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    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Essential Bach
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95424 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Catherine Latham,  Iona Brown,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 40.
    Essential Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95429 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Finley,  William Bennett,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba / Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84629 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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,  Hespčrion XXI  ... 
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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:  Hespčrion XX,  Hespčrion XXI
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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Handel: Organ Concertos; Harpsichord Suites
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4695500 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Ricardo Kanji,  Reine-Marie Verhagen,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
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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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  • 50.
    Haydn: Concertos / Entremont, Koopman, Alain, Zehetmair
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 517686 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Ton Koopman,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Conductor:  Theodor Guschlbauer,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Jean-François Paillard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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