"To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make." - Truman Capote

Jos van der Kooy (born in Rotterdam in 1951) is active in all aspects of musical life: he is city organist, concert organist, choral director and teacher. He is an advocate of the organ as an important instrument in contemporaneous music and other disciplines in art. He is considered a propagandist for the art of organ music; he has the ability to bring this instrument under the attention of media and audiences of prominent concert halls, at home and abroad, but also through organ tours for both adults and children.

Jos van der Kooy is the organist in residence of:

  • St Bavo's Church in Haarlem: at the Müller organ (city organist)
  • The Haarlem Philharmonie: at the Cavaillé-Coll organ (city organist)
  • Westerkerk in Amsterdam: two organs (cantor-organist)
  • The Gothic Hall at the Netherlands Council of State in The Hague, concert organist
Van der Kooy gives numerous organ concerts at home and abroad.
His repertoire includes works from almost all style periodes. In addition, he has performed many pieces of contemporaneous Dutch music in premiere, including pieces by Daan Manneke, Piet Kee, Hans Kox and Wim de Ruiter.

Van der Kooy is teacher of organ, improvisation and church music at:
  • the Academy of Arts , University of Leiden
  • the Royal Conservatory in The Hague
  • the International Summer Academy for organists in Haarlem
He also conducts masterclasses and private lessons.
Choral director Jos van der Kooy is also conductor of Cappella Westerkerk in Amsterdam. Under his guidance, motivated amateur singers rehearse and perform in a professional context.

Prizes and awards:
  • Knighthood in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, 2011
  • Silver Medal, 1989, and Silver Gilt Medal, 2000, of the Société Académique "Arts, Sciences, Lettres", Paris, for services to French music.
  • Prix d'Excellence, as a student of Piet Kee at the Amsterdam Conservatory, 1981
  • First Prize of the International Improvisation Competition, Haarlem, 1980 and 1981
  • First Prize of the National Improvisation Competition, Bolsward, 1978
  • Tournemire Prize, International Organ Festival, St Albans, 1977

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Six Sonatas for Organ, Op.65
Jos Van Der Kooy