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. As organist and harpsichordist he has appeared in the leading concert halls of the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. 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.
With the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Mr. Koopman has been a regular guest at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, Barbican and Royal Albert Hall in London, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Philharmonie in Berlin, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Among his recent guest conducting engagements are performances of Bach’s B minor Mass with the Berlin Philharmonic and Saint Matthew Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and concerts with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, NHK Orchestra Tokyo, and Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon. Upcoming highlights include concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and many others. He made his debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices in 1996.
Mr. Koopman has recorded for the Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips, and Deutsche Grammophon labels, and in 2003 founded his own label, Antoine Marchand. He recorded all the existing cantatas by J.S. 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 has also 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 he has been awarded the Bach-Prize of the City of Leipzig and the Buxtehude Prize of the City of Lübeck, and the Bach Prize of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2016 he received an honorary professorship with the Musikhochschule in Lübeck and in Linz, and he became Honorary Artistic Advisor of Guangzhou Opera House. In November 2017 he received the Edison Classical Award and in 2019 he became the President of the Leipzig Bach Archive. Mr. Koopman is Professor at the University of Leiden, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Artistic Director of the Itinéraire Baroque festival.