When Nikolaus Harnoncourt died, on March 6th 2016, his status as a conductor of great international fame had been assured for many years. It is however worth stating that it was in The Netherlands that his international breakthrough occurred. He conquered the Dutch concert stages in the Seventies and it took some time before his own city, Vienna, recognised him as an authority and he was invited to conduct in other countries. Lees verder Harnoncourt and The Netherlands, an in memoriam
On Juni 17, 2016, the City of Leipzig awarded the Bach Medal of Honor to the Dutch baritone Peter Kooij. At the ceremony, the festive “laudatio” was spoken by Max van Egmond, former singing teacher of Peter Kooij and equally involved in Leipzig’s many Bach activities, for many years.