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Harry van der Kamp

Solo-Künstler , bass

Harry van der Kamp studied singing with Elizabeth Cooymans and Max van Egmond at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory. He also took courses with Alfred Deller, Pierre Bernac and Felix de Nobel. From 1974 he studied with Herman Woltman. Until 1975 Harry van der Kamp was a member of Cappella Amsterdam, directed by Jan Boeke, and until 1994 of the Nederlands Kamerkoor, whose artistic adviser he was from 1982–87.

In 1984 he founded the Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, an experimental ensemble for both early and new music that appears in many European festivals. Since 1994 he holds a professorship of Singing at the Hochschule für Künste (Early music) in Bremen and is active in masterclasses and jury’s throughout Europe on the performance practice of early music. In 1997 and 1998 he was a visiting professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Today, Harry van der Kamp is internationally known as one of the most important bass singers in the solo and ensemble repertoire of the 14th–18th centuries. He is a protagonist of the Baroque period (17th and 18th centuries) repertoire for bass solo, enjoys a great reputation as a bass-baritone, and has performed numerous oratorios, cantatas, and dialogues of that period. He is also a dedicated performer of contemporary music. His 30-year career has taken him all over the world, from New York to Peking, and he has performed with all the leading Baroque specialists, such as Nicolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner, Gustav Leonhardt, Franz Brüggen, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Sigiswald Kuyken, Jos van Immerseel, Philippe Herreweghe and Hermann Max.

He is one of Europe’s leading ensemble singers, having appeared with the Hilliard Ensemble, Huelgas Ensemble, Capella Ducale, Les Arts Florissants, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Vocale (René Jacobs) and with the Weserrenaissance ensemble of Bremen (Manfred Cordes).

As an opera singer he has sung more than 30 roles in operas by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Landi, Cesti, Rameau, Sacrati, Keiser, Handel and Mozart, throughout Europe and America. One of the company he has worked with is De Nederlandse Opera, in productions of Monteverdi’s Orfeo and L’incoronatione di Poppea, and also in such contemporary productions as A King Riding by Klaas de Vries, Rêves d’un Marco Polo by Claude Viviers, Alexander Knaifel’s Alice in Wonderland, and, recently Rob Zuidam’s Rage d’amours.

He can be heard on more than 100 CD recordings, including Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli and “Nelson” Mass, all of Schubert’s masses, Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and Haydn’s Creation (which the BBC in 1995 hailed as the best recording of the work), Handel’s Orlando (conducted by William Christie), Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni (Sigiswald Kuyken) and Die Zauberflöte (Ton Koopman), Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronatione di Poppea (Alan Curtis), Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone (René Jacobs), Stefano Landi’s La morte d’Orfeo (Stephen Stubbs), Reinhard Keiser’s Masaniello furioso (Thomas Albert’s Fiori Musicali), Ezra Pound’s Testament de François Villon (Reinbert de Leeuw) and Stephan Wolpe’s Zeus und Elida (Werner Herbers). This year he received a Grammy Award 2008 nomination for his part of Aegéé in Lully’s opera Thesée (CPO).

Countless great solo works and solo cantatas from the 17th century have appeared on the Teldec, Astrée, CPO, Capriccio, Accent and Sony labels, accompanied by Gustav Leonhardt (Purcell, Awake and with attention hear, Evening Hymn, etc.), Andrew Lawrence King (Purcell, Begin the song), Stephen Stubbs (Monteverdi, Io nell’otio nacqui; Landi, Superbi colli; Mazzocchi, Padre del ciel), Hermann Max (J.C.F. Bach, Pygmalion), and Musica Fiata (Förster’s dialogues and oratorios; Rosenmüller, Domine ne in furore tuo).

For the Sony Vivarte label Harry van der Kamp has recorded North German cantatas for solo bass by Bruhns, Tunder, Johann Christoph Bach, Schütz, Buxtehude and Rosenmüller. He has also recorded Johann Sebastian Bach’s oratorios and cantatas with Gustav Leonhardt, Franz Brüggen, Sigiswald Kuyken and Thomas Albert. Van der Kamp conducted Alessandro Scarlatti’s Vesper Psalms with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and recorded it for the ATMA-label.

With his Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam he started a series of CD-projects. The world première recording of Emilio de Cavalieri’s complete Lamentations (SONY) received highest praise. They were followed by Gesualdo’s first 3 madrigalbooks (“landmark in madrigal recording history”, The Gramophone 2006), C.Ph.E. Bachs Litanies, Motets and Psalms (world première recording, Echo Klassik price 2006) and the highly acclaimed recording of the third madrigalbook by the congenial Gesualdo contemporary Scipione Lacorcia (Sony Bmg, Musica Vulcanica, Edison nomination 2007). Main project however, is the recording of the complete vocal works by the Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (16 cd’s), of which the first release will be this year.

Harry van der Kamp Marco Borggreve