Ton Koopman

Ton Koopman was born in Zwolle, The Netherlands, and he studied musicology, organ, and harpsichord in Amsterdam where he was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. At the age of twenty-five he created his first Baroque orchestra. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992.

As an organist he has played the most prestigious historical instruments of Europe, and with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir he has been a regular guest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. As a guest conductor, he has worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Vienna Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, as well as the Cleveland Orchestra. In 1996, Mr. Koopman made his Davies Symphony Hall debut conducting the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; he made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2011 and returned to lead the Orchestra in May 2014.

Mr. Koopman has recorded as a soloist, accompanist, and conductor on the Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips, and Deutsche Grammophon labels. In 2002 he created his own record label, Antoine Marchand, distributed by Challenge Records. Between 1994 and 2004 he conducted and recorded all the existing cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, for which he was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, an ECHO Klassik award, the BBC Award, the Prix Hector Berlioz, as well as Grammy and Gramophone award nominations. Mr. Koopman recently completed a project to record the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude. Spanning thirty CDs, the last volume in the set was released in 2014.  

Ton Koopman is President of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society and in 2012 he was awarded the Buxtehude-Preisträger der Stadt Lübeck as well as the Bach-Preisträger der Stadt Leipzig. In 2014 he received the Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He has edited the complete Handel organ concertos for Breitkopf & Härtel, and has published new editions of Handel’s Messiah and Buxtehude’s Das Jüngste Gericht for Carus Verlag. Mr. Koopman is a professor at the University of Leiden, and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is also Artistic Director of the French Itinéraire Baroque Festival.

(March 2015)