The Dutch organist, Ewald Kooiman, was one of the most notable of present-day scholar- performers. He was known throughout the world as an organist and for being the editor of the important series of publications Incognita Organo and Repro Organo, some 50 volumes of organ music from the 17th to 19th centuries.
Ewald Kooiman was in great demand for many years as a teacher of the Classical French Music and of J.S. Bach; he participated at many important organ festivals and has made some 60 recordings. On LP he recorded the complete Bach Organ Works on historical organs in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland. In 1997 he finished his second recording of the Bach Organ Works, also on historical organs in Holland and in Germany.
Ewald Kooiman featured on Television and Radio in many countries and has given concerts and master-classes in most European countries, in Japan, Korea, South-Africa and the USA. He was Professor of Ars Organi at the Free University, Amsterdam and Professor for Organ at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatoire. At the famous International Summer Academy, Haarlem he taught the interpretation of J.S. Bach’s organ works.
Ewald Kooiman published several books and many articles in different languages about the interpretation of the organ music of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Ewald Kooiman was a honorary member of the Royal Dutch Society of Organists. In 2003 the Dutch Queen accorded him the dignity of a knight.
Ewald Kooiman died in January 2009 at the age of 70. He had started a third recording cycle with all organ works of Bach, but this project will remain unfinished.