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Cappella Amsterdam (Chamber Choir)

Founded: 1970 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Cappella Amsterdam is a professional chamber choir that was founded in 1970 by Jan Boeke. Over the past years the ensemble, under the direction of Daniel Reuss, has occupied a prominent position in the fields of both early music and the modern and contemporary repertoires. The group aims to involve a wide audience in choral music, in particular works by old and new composers from Holland. To this end Cappella Amsterdam has realised numerous projects with works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Orlando di Lasso as well as modern compositions, often written for the choir, by Ton de Leeuw, Hans Koolmees, Robert Heppener, Peter Schat and Klaas de Vries. Jan van Vlijmen composed by order of Cappella Amsterdam Choeurs (1999), four choirs of his new opera Thyeste, which is performed for the first time on September 27, 2005 at La Monnaie in Brussels.

Cappella Amsterdam often participates in different opera-productions: Tan Dun's Marco Polo, Guus Jansen's and Friso Haverkamp's Hierº , Rameau's Les Indes Galantes (co-operation with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Frans Brüggen) and Jan van de Putte's Wet Snow in the Holland Festival 2004. With Dance Group Krisztina de Châtel the choir realised in the spring of 2003 a series performances of Obscura, a choreography for dancers and singers to new music of Hans Koolmees, among other works.

Cappella Amsterdam is frequently invited to participate in productions programmed by renowned Dutch Festivals as the Holland Festival, the Holland Festival Early Music Utrecht and the Festival Musica Sacra in Maastricht. On the invitation of the festivals Settembre Musica, La Folle Journée, Ars Musica and Berliner Festspiele, Cappella Amsterdam has performed in Turin, Nantes, Lisbon, Tokyo, Brussels and Berlin.

Collaborations with major orchestras, instrumental ensembles and choirs have included among the others the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, Ebony Band, Nieuw Ensemble, Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra of the 18th Century, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and RIAS-Kammerchor.

Musical Directors

Jan Boeke (1970-1990)
Daniel Reuss (1990-Present)

Members of Cappella Amsterdam:





Myriam Arbouz
Andrea van Beek
Saskia Bouma
Marijke van der Harst
Christien van 't Hof
Maria Köpcke
Astrid Lammers
Simone Manders
Valeria Mignaco
Mariëtte Oelderik
Esther Putter
Marjo van Someren
Rachel Thompson

Petra Ehrismann
Sabine van der Heyden
Mariëlle Kirkels
Mieke van Laren
Dorien Lievers
Natascha Morsink
Bernadett Nagy
Åsa Olsson
Inga Schneider
Desirée Verlaan
Suzanne Verburg

Robert Coupe
Dolf Drabbels
Jon Etxabe-Arzuaga
Florian Feth
Guido Groenland
Gerhard Hölzle
Mattijs Hoogendijk
Luigi Orsini
José Pizarro
Diederik Rooker
Markus Schuck
Koen van Stade
Réne Veen
Thomas Volle

Coert van den Berg
Martijn de Graaf Bierbrauwer
Nicolas Boulanger
Erks Jan Dekker
Pierre-Guy Le Gall White
Jan Hoffmann
Harry van der Kamp
Matthias Lutze
Bart Oenema
Michel Poels
Drew Santini
Greg Skidmore


Source: Cappella Amsterdam Website (2007-2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2007, August 2014, October 2015)

Daniel Reuss: Short Biography | Cappella Amsterdam | Recordings of Vocal Works

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Frans Brüggen


BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 232 [3rd], BWV 245 [2nd], BWV 249

Jan Willem de Vriend


BWV 248

Links to other Sites

Cappella Amsterdam (Official Website) [Dutch/English]


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