Peter Kooij

Peter Kooy (Kooij) (Bass)
Born: September 17, 1954 – Soest, Holland
The Dutch bass, Peter Kooy [Kooij], started his musical career at the age of six as a choir boy and sang many solo soprano parts in concerts and on records. However, he started his formal musical studies as a violin student. This was followed by singing tuition from Max van Egmond at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, and in 1980 he obtained a diploma for solo performance.

Peter Kooy has been an active soloist in many concerts all over the world in the most important concert-halls like Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wien, Carnegie Hall New York, Royal Albert Hall London, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Berliner and Kölner Philharmonie, Palais Garnier Paris, Suntory and Casals Hall Tokyo. He has also sung in Israel. He is a regular performer at the most important festivals in Europe. He has performed with famous conductors like Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Roger Norrington, Michel Corboz. Frans Brüggen, René Jacobs, Sigiswald Kuijken, and Iván Fischer.

Peter Kooy’s wide repertoire contains all kind of music from Heinrich Schütz to Weill and he has made over hundred CD’s for Philips, Sony and Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi, Erato, EMI and BIS. His recordings in the complete series of J.S. Bach cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan have received wide acclaim. His performances of J.S. Bach‘s cantatas and Passions are unusually sympathetic, assisted by a soft-grained timbre and an eloquent verbal delivery.

Peter Kooy is the artistic director of the “Ensemble Vocal Européen”. From 1991 to 2000 professor of singing at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. From 1995 to 1998 Lehrauftrag at the Musikhochschule in Hannover. Since 2000 he is Professor at the Tokyo University of fine Arts and Music. He was invited to give master classes in Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Finnland and Japan.