Jos van Veldhoven studied musicology at Utrecht University, and choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He has been associated with The Netherlands Bach Society since 1983 as a conductor and artistic director. Over the past years, literally hundreds of his programmes have made a great impression in the Netherlands and much further afield. Under his leadership, The Netherlands Bach Society has released an impressive CD series of the great works by Bach and a broa
d repertoire from the 17th and 18th century and has given concert tours in Europe, the United States and Japan. Together with the Bach Society he launched the worldwide internet project AllofBach.com, lasting for the coming ten years.
Jos van Veldhoven often attracts attention with performances of ‘new’ repertoire within the early music genre. There have been some remarkable performances of oratorios by Telemann and Graun, vespers by Gastoldi, reconstructions of Bach’s St Mark Passion, the Köthener Trauer-Music and many lesser known seventeenth-century dialogues. He has also conducted a large number of modern premieres of Baroque operas by such composers as Mattheson, Keiser, Bononcini, Legrenzi, Conti and Scarlatti. Jos van Veldhoven is in great demand as a guest conductor, and has conducted the Dutch Chamber Choir, the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Flemish Radio Choir, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Robert Schumann Philharmonic, the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra and many of the Dutch symphony orchestras. From 2001 to 2010, Jos van Veldhoven worked with director Dietrich Hilsdorf on a cycle of staged Handel oratorios in the opera houses of Bonn and Essen. He is associated with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague as a teacher of choral conducting. In 2007, Jos van Veldhoven was made a Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion for his groundbreaking work in early music.