Jos Van Veldhoven

Jos van Veldhoven studied musicology at Utrecht University, and choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory in TheHague. He has been artistic director of The Netherlands Bach Society since 1983, in which capacity he regularly directs performances at home and abroad of the major works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his predecessors and contemporaries. Van Veldhoven also directs the Utrechts Barok Consort, which he founded in 1976. With these ensembles he has made a great number of national and international radio, tv and cd The Netherlands Bach Society recordings, and has appeared in festivals in theNetherlands, Europe, the United States and Japan.Jos van Veldhoven is a frequent guest conductor with Dutch and foreign orchestras, including DasOrchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie, the Essener Philharmoniker, theBrabant Orchestra and the Limburg SymphonyOrchestra. Since 2001 he has collaborated with director Dietrich Hilsdorf on a cycle of staged Handel oratorios at the opera houses of Bonn, Chemnitz and Essen. Jos van Veldhoven has attracted frequent attention with performances of newly discovered repertoire within the realm of early music, including noteworthy performances of oratorios by Telemann and Graun, Vespers by Gastoldi, reconstructions of Bach’s St Mark Passion, theso-called Köthener Trauer-Music and many unknown seventeenth-century dialogues. VanVeldhoven has conducted many contemporary premieres of Baroque operas by composers including Mattheson, Keiser, Andrea, Bononcini, Legrenzi, Conti and Scarlatti. Jos van Veldhoven is professor of choral conducting at the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2007 he was appointed Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his pioneering services to early music.