Ton Koopman describes his personal experiences of performing Handel’s groundbreaking and richly expressive “Messiah” in CARUS Highlights.
About Ton Koopman
Ton Koopman (1944) is an authority in the field of early music and historical performance practice. As a harpsichordist, organist and conductor, he has performed for decades in the world's most famous concert halls. As an organist, he has played on the most important historical instruments in Europe. In 1979 he founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, which was joined by the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in 1992. With ABO&C he quickly became widely known and made numerous recordings and CDs. Ton Koopman recorded all of Bach's cantatas with ABO&C between 1994 and 2004, and later also the complete works of Bach's predecessor Dietrich Buxtehude. Koopman is in demand as a guest conductor with modern orchestras. He is also an inspired pedagogue: he has taught at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague for more than 25 years, is professor emeritus at Leiden University, and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. Ton Koopman is president of the International Dietrich Buxtehude Society and, since 2019, president of the Bach Archive in Leipzig.