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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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia (Complete Works) [30-CD Set]
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72261 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Nicolaus Bruhns,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Caroline Stam,  Orlanda Velez Isidro,  Johannette Zomer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir,  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra Members
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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XX - Vocal Works Vol 10 / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72259 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Buxtehude: Complete Works Vol. 19, Vocal Works - XIX / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72258 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Yo-Yo Ma Plays Great Cello Masterworks
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 438572 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edouard Lalo,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma,  Margaret Faultless,  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  André Previn,  José L. Garcia,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Buxtehude: Complete Works Vol 18, Vocal Works Vol 8 / Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72257 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Klaus Mertens,  Bettina Pahn
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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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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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / De Mey, Kooy, Schlick, Wessel, Pregardien, Mertens, Koopman
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 46751 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Guy de Mey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir
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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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    Mozart Complete Edition [170 CDs + CD-ROM]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94251 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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  • 13.
    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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    Bach: Easter Cantatas / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72231 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Paul Agnew,  Kai Wessel,  Sibylla Rubens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Amsterdam Baroque Choir
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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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    Bach: St. Matthew Passion; Mass In B Minor / Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 673616 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Guy de Mey,  Christoph Prégardien,  Peter Kooy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,  Cappella Breda,  Netherlands Bach Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Handel: La Resurrezione / Koopman, Mertens, Argenta
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675946 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Guillemette Laurens,  Guy de Mey,  Klaus Mertens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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    The Mozart Experience
    Label: Wcj   Catalog: 81002 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Karl Engel,  Joan [Soprano Vocal] Rodgers,  Sharon Kam,  Charlotte Margiono  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Ton Koopman,  Leopold Hager,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
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  • 23.
    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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    Buxtehude: Opera Omnia XIV - Vocal Works Vol 5 / Ton Koopman
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72253 Release Date: 01/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude
    Performer:  Dorothee Wohlgemuth,  Klaus Mertens,  Siri Karoline Thornhill [Soprano Vocal],  Miriam Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Ton Koopman
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  • 25.
    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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