First invitation to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: 14 October 2020
Born in Zwolle (The Netherlands), Ton Koopman received a classical education while studying organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam, where he received the Award of Excellence for both instruments. He is the founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, which quickly established itself among today's top ensembles playing on period instruments with old-fashioned playing modes.
Ton Koopman has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Edison Classical Award. He is president of the International Dietrich Buxtehude Society and the Bach-Archiv Leipzig. He holds honorary positions with the music schools of Lübeck and Linz, the Guangzhou Opera House, and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Ton Koopman is regularly invited by prestigious orchestras wishing to work on Baroque and Classical style and articulations such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras as well as the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra of which he is one of the principal guest conductors.
Ton Koopman has recorded numerous albums for Erato, Teldec, Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips. In 2003 he founded his own label "Antoine Marchand". Ton Koopman is a professor at the University of Leiden and artistic director of the Festival Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord which takes place every summer.