"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ton Koopman was born in Zwolle in 1944. After a classical education he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments. Almost from the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated with authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship.

Even before completing his studies he laid the foundations for a career as a conductor of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music and this fascination with the Baroque era led him in 1969, at age 25, to establish his first Baroque orchestra and, in 1979, to found The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra followed in 1993 by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir.

Koopman's extensive and impressive activities as a soloist, accompanist and conductor have been recorded on a large number of LP's and CD's for labels like Erato, Teldec, Sony, Philips and DGG. Recently Ton Koopman has created his own record label: 'Antoine Marchand', with which he will publish his future recordings.

Over the course of a forty-year career Ton Koopman has appeared at the most important concert halls and festivals of the five continents. As an organist he has performed on the most prestigious historical instruments of Europe, and as a harpsichord player and conductor of his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir he has been a regular guest at venues which include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Philharmonie in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Lincoln Center in New York, and leading concert halls in Vienna, London, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid, Rome, Salzburg, Tokyo and Osaka. Over the past ten years Ton Koopman has been engaged in 'the recording project of the '90's' (so described by 'The Guardian' in London). Between 1994 and 2004 he has conducted and recorded all the existing cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, a massive work for which he has been awarded with the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis "Echo Klassik 1997", the Prix Hector Berlioz, and been nominated for both the Grammy Award (USA) and the Gramophone Award (UK). In March 2000 he received an Honorary Degree from the Utrecht University for his scholarly work on the Bach Cantatas and Passions and in February 2004 he was awarded both the prestigious Silver Phonograph by the Dutch recording industry and the VSCD Classical Music Award 2004 by the Directors of Theatres and Concert Halls of Holland. Ton Koopman is also very active as a guest conductor and he has worked with many prominent orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony, the Vienna Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Orchestra and many others. He has been for eight years principal conductor of the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Holland and he is principal guest conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. In the coming season he will be working with the Chicago Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Helsinki Radio Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Ton Koopman publishes regularly and for a number of years he has been engaged in editing the complete Handel Organ Concerti for Breitkopf & Härtel. Pedagogy has been an important factor in Ton Koopman's life for many years and to that end he is professor of harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Five Great Suites for Harpsichord (London, 1720)
Ton Koopman
Famous Cantatas Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Chamber Music
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 1-22 (box set)
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia - Buxtehude Collector's Box (30cd's & 1DVD)
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'Willst du dein Herz mir schenken'
Ton Koopman / Tini Mathot / Klaus Mertens
Matthäus Passion (limited edition)
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Kerstspel
Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman
Peasant Wedding & Toy Symphony
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
‘Tu fedel? Tu costante?’ HWV 171a and other Italian cantatas
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Ton Koopman at the Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ (1726) in Lengefeld in the Erzgebirge
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Constantin Emanuel sings from Schemellis Gesangbuch
Constantin Emanuel
C.P.E. Bach 300 years / Fantasia & 6 Organ Sonatas
Tini Mathot / Ton Koopman
Opera Omnia - Buxtehude Collector's Box
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Opera Omnia XX - Vocal Works 10
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia XIX - Vocal Works 9
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
6 organ sonatas
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Matthäus Passion
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia XVIII - Vocal works vol. 8
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Opera Omnia XVII - Vocal music vol. 7
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Six Partitas for harpsichord (Clavier Übung I) BWV 825-830
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Markus Passion (1731)
Ton Koopman & The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019
Catherine Manson / Ton Koopman
Opera Omnia XVI - Vocal Works 6: Membra Jesu Nostri
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia XV - Chamber music vol. 3
Ton Koopman / Members of Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Opera Omnia XIV - Vocal Works 5
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Sinfonia - Instrumentale delen uit de cantates
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Organ Concertos
Ton Koopman / Catherine Manson / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Opera Omnia XII: Chamber Music 1
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London Symphonies - Symphonies nos. 97 & 98
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Opera Omnia XI - Vocal Works 4
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia - Organ Works
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 1-22 (box set)
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Batalha - Iberian Organ Music
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Cantatas - 24 Highlights
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia X - Organ Works 5
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Town Council Election Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Whitsun Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Musikalisches Opfer BWV 1079
Ton Koopman / Members of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Opera Omnia IX, Organ Works 4
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Opera Omnia VIII, Organ Works III
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Actus Tragicus
Ton Koopman & Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Dialogue Cantatas I
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Funeral Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia VII - Vocal Works III
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Ascension Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Latin Church Music Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Wedding Cantatas
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Solo Cantatas for Alto and Tenor
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Cantatas For Marian Feasts
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Solo Cantatas for Bass
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Matthäus Passion
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Kaffee-Kantate
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia VI, Harpsichord works II
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Mijn Broertje Is Een Wonderkind
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Opera Omnia V, Vocal Works II
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia III, Organ Works I
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Matthäus-Passion - Highlights
Ton Koopman & The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
From Toy Symphony to Bauernhochzeit
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Opera Omnia II - Das jüngste Gericht
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Puer Nobis Nascitur
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Opera Omnia I - Harpsichord Works I
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 22
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 21
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Matthäus Passion DVD
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 12
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ik heb een muziekje in mijn hoofd
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 20
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 11
Ton Koopman & The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 19
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 10
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 18
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Locatelli in Amsterdam
Ton Koopman / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Easter Cantatas
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 9
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 8
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 17
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 16
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 7
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 6
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 15
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 5
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 14
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 4
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Christmas Cantatas - Weihnachtskantaten
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 3
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Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 2
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 13
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir
Complete Bach Cantatas Vol. 1
Ton Koopman / The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir

Videos

Ton Koopman - Opera Omnia XIV, Buxtehude; Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab
An interview with Ton Koopman about the Handel Cantata HWV 171a