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The Amsterdam Baroque Choir was founded in 1992 and it made its debut during the Holland Festival of Early Music in Utrecht performing the world première of the Requiem (for 15 voices) and Vespers (for 32 voices) by H.I.F. Biber. The recording of both of these works won the Cannes Classical Award for the best performance of 17th/18th century choral music. For its rare combination of textural clarity and interpretative flexibility, the Amsterdam Baroque Choir is considered among today’s most outstanding choirs.

Alongside Bach’s music the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has recorded all major baroque and classical works. Major recognitions include the Gramophone Award, Diapason d'Or, 10-Repertoire, Stern des Monats-Fono Forum, the Prix Hector Berlioz and two Edison Awards. In 2008 the ensemble and Ton Koopman have been honoured with the prestigious BBC Award, and in 2009, for the second time, with the 'Echo Klassik Award' for Vol. VII of Buxtehude Opera Omnia. All new CDs and DVDs of Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir are published by “Antoine Marchand”, a sub-label of Challenge Classics.

The latest releases include all 22 boxes of the Bach’s Cantatas, Bach’s St. Matthew and St. Markus Passion (on CD & DVD), the first sixteen volumes of the Buxtehude Opera-Omnia Edition and Bach’s Musical Offering. Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir are regular guests at the major concert halls of Europe, the USA and Asia. 

Between august and december 2016 audtitions will be held for the choir. Read more about this here.  

Peter de Groot

Close Choirmaster

Peter de Groot is appointed Choirmaster of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir in April 2016. Since its founding and until this very day Peter de Groot is a member of Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Choir. He also sang some solo work in concerts and on cd’s with this ensemble and conductor. The last few years De Groot worked as conducting assistant to Ton Koopman in the Bach-workshops in Paris. He is also a regular guest conductor at ‘Itinéraire Baroque’ the festival Ton Koopman founded in the Dordogne.

De Groot (countertenor) is a pupil of the famous Dutch alto Aafje Heynis. After his studies at the Conservatory of Arnhem (Holland) he sang as a member of the Collegium Vocale Gent, the Gesualdo Consort and the soloists-ensemble of the Netherlands Bach Society.

Singing with the Dutch Chamber Choir, which De Groot does annually, he met the Paul Van Nevel. De Groot was invited to sing in the Huelgas Ensemble. It turned out to be a turning point in his career. Touched by the kiss of the Muse of the Renaissance, he decided to dedicate his musical career mainly to the polyphonic heritage of the Low Countries. He considers himself as a pupil of the great Belgian maestro. Peter de Groot is artistic leader of EGIDIUS. This ensemble was founded in 1995 with the aim of performing Renaissance music from the Low Countries. Peter de Groot is invited regularly to do guest conducting with other professional and amateur groups. He conducted the Netherlands Chamber Choir in 2014 with music by Giovanni Gabrieli in the Liza Ferschtmann Festival and in 2015 in the Haarlem Choir Biënnale with Lamentations by Robert White.

 

Peter de Groot
Peter de Groot Choirmaster