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Peter de Groot (Counter-tenor)

Born: January 13, 1957 - Westmaas, Holland

The Dutch counter-tenor (altus), Peter de Groot, studied with the distinguished singing teacher Aafje Heynis at the Arnhem Conservatoire; then sang for some years with Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe and in specialized solo ensembles such as the Huelgas Ensemble (Paul van Nevel).

Peter de Groot sings occasionally with the Nederlands Kamerkoor and is a permanent member of Ton Koopman's Amsterdam Baroque Choir. Under Ton Koopman's direction he also sang as soloist in concerts and several CD's. As a soloist he is renowned for his moving Bach interpretations. With the solo Ensemble of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging he revived forgotten music of German pre-Bach masters. He also gives many recitals dedicated to renaissance solo repertoire and contemporary music. Several Dutch and Belgian composers dedicated new works to him.

Peter de Groot is also the top-voice singer and artistic leader of the Egidius Kwartet, an internationally high esteemed male vocal quartet devoted to the performance of music by 16th century and contemporary composers of the Low Countries.

Peter de Groot is active also as a musicologist. As the artistic leader of the Egidius Kwartet he is responsible for the research and preparation of the repertoire. He also encourages contemporary composers to write new pieces for the group. In the musicological field De Groot proudly considers himself as a pupil of maestro Paul van Nevel. Thanks to De Groot's research, the work of Emperor Charles V's last two chapel-masters, Cornelius Canis and Nicolas Payen, has been rediscovered, transcribed and recorded. He prepared a program of chansons by Josquin des Prez, based on recent research by the renowned musicologist Jaap van Benthem. On De Groot's initiative, the Egidius Kwartet undertook a major project involving the first performance and recording of Tielman Susato’s complete Musyck Boexkens.

In 2004 Peter de Groot had the honour to prepare a CD dedicated to the chansons of Thomas Crecquillon with help from the CMM editor Prof. Laura Youens. This project was supported by the George Washington University. In 2005 the forgotten work of the composer Gheerkin de Hondt was revived, thanks to his collaboration with musicologist Véronique Roelvink. Recently De Groot and his group worked on a first ever recording of all the Dutch songs of the Chansonier of Lauweryn van Watervliet in collaboration with dr. Johan Oosterman of the Nijmegen University.



Source: The Artist (April 2007)
Contributed by
Peter de Groot (April 2007)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Ton Koopman

Alto

BWV 150, BWV 201

Ton Koopman

Alto

Member of Amsterdam Baroque Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 1: CD-1:
BWV 21, BWV 131; CD-2: BWV 106, BWV 196, BWV 71, BWV 150; CD-3: BWV 31, BWV 185, BWV 4
Cantatas Vol. 2: CD-1: BWV 12, BWV 18, BWV 61; CD-2: BWV 172, BWV 132, BWV 182
Cantatas Vol. 3: CD-1: BWV 63, BWV 162, BWV 155; BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 163, BWV 165; CD-3: BWV 161, BWV 208
Cantatas Vol. 4: CD-1: BWV 198, BWV 215; CD-2: BWV 214; CD-3: BWV 201
Cantatas Vol. 5: CD-1: BWV 207a; CD-2: BWV 206; CD-3: BWV 205; CD-4: BWV 213
Cantatas Vol. 6: CD-1: BWV 76, BWV 75; CD-2: BWV 190, BWV 179, BWV 59, BWV 69; CD-3: BWV 50, BWV 186, BWV 104, BWV 69a
Cantatas Vol. 7: CD-1: BWV 25, BWV 95, BWV 144, BWV 67, BWV 24; CD-2: BWV 136, BWV 184, BWV 105, BWV 148; CD-3: BWV 147, BWV 181, BWV 173
Cantatas Vol. 9: CD-1: BWV 48, BWV 154, BWV 138, BWV 173a; CD-2: BWV 37, BWV 153, BWV 166, BWV 86, BWV 70; CD-3: BWV 66, BWV 194
Cantatas Vol. 10: CD-1:
BWV 119, BWV 134, BWV 44, BWV 73; CD-2: BWV 20, BWV 2, BWV 101; CD-3: BWV 180, BWV 130, BWV 134a
Cantatas Vol. 11: CD-1:
BWV 127, BWV 5, BWV 94; CD-2: BWV 41, BWV 7, BWV 139; CD-3: BWV 115, BWV 113, BWV 10
Cantatas Vol. 12: CD-1:
BWV 135, BWV 124, BWV 121, BWV 111; CD-2: BWV 99, BWV 78, BWV 114; CD-3: BWV 91, BWV 107, BWV 116, BWV 8
Cantatas Vol. 13: CD-1:
BWV 1, BWV 62, BWV 96, BWV 62: Appendix; CD-2: BWV 38, BWV 93, BWV 33; CD-3: BWV 133, BWV 122, BWV 92
Cantatas Vol. 14: CD-1:
BWV 68, BWV 6, BWV 74, BWV 126; CD-2: BWV 26, BWV 125, BWV 178; CD-3: BWV 103, BWV 42, BWV 123, BWV 103: Appendix, BWV 42: Appendix
Cantatas Vol. 20: CD-1:
BWV 120a, BWV 156; CD-2: BWV 149, BWV 14, BWV 29, BWV 192; CD-3: BWV 120, BWV 11, BWV 9, BWV 112
Cantatas Vol. 21: CD-1:
BWV 100, BWV 177, BWV 195; CD-2: BWV 140, BWV 34, BWV 143; CD-3: BWV 197, BWV 97, BWV 118, BWV 191

Jos van Veldhoven

Alto

BWV 245

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Peter de Groot - Altus (Official Website)

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