Ton Koopman conducts the Karajan Academy

Ton Koopman (photo: Foppe Schut)

"Bach’s music is never boring,” says Ton Koopman. “It is always great, always unexpected.” The Dutch harpsichordist and conductor is one of the pioneers of the Early Music scene and delights his audiences with his joy of playing, creative ideas and his fresh take on the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The works of Johann Sebastian Bach in particular form a focal point of his artistic work. With the scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy, he presents instrumental works by the composer, including the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 with its cheerful hunting motifs and the festive orchestral suite in D major.

Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Ton Koopman conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach

Cantata "But in the evening of the same Sabbath" BWV 42: Sinfonia

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in D major BWV 1045

Johann Sebastian Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major BWV 1046

Johann Sebastian Bach

Concerto for oboe, violin, strings and continuo in c minor BWV 1060R

Johann Sebastian Bach

Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069

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Ton Koopman

“Bach’s music is never boring. It’s always brilliant, always surprising, always demanding,” says Ton Koopman. “Never forgetting what the spirit of the music is, that it’s church music, that the music has a message – I’ve always found that incredibly beautiful.” Koopman, the president of the Leipzig Bach Archive Foundation, is one of the world’s leading advocates of historically informed performance practice. He established his first Baroque orchestra, Musica Antiqua Amsterdam, at the age of 25. In 1979, he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, followed in 1992 by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir, both of which still perform internationally today. The trained organist and harpsichordist, who received the Prix d’Excellence for both instruments, never actually wanted to become a conductor. That is probably why he is convinced that “as a conductor you really have to be primus inter pares. The first to try to make music together with colleagues and friends. With this approach, music is harmony.” In 1983, he stepped in for the ill Nikolaus Harnoncourt to conduct Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Since then, he has appeared with leading orchestras throughout the world at concert halls such as the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Philharmonie Berlin.