The bass-baritone KEES JAN DE KONING originally studied recorder at the Utrecht Conservatory. In the period around 1983, when he received his diploma, he began studying singing – first with the bass Peter Kooij, then with the singing master Herman Woltman. He completed his training in 1991 at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he took up the post of singing instructor the very next year. Also in 1992, he obtained a regular position with the celebrated Netherlands Chamber Choir.
Kees Jan de Koning’s bass also provides the foundation for the internationally renowned Quink Vocal Ensemble; moreover, he regularly works with several leading European ensembles, including the Huelgas Ensemble, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Weser Renaissance and Camerata Trajectina. He has been involved in numerous CD recordings with these ensembles. As a soloist he performs in opera and oratorio concerts, working with celebrated conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Paul van Nevel, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Reinbert de Leeuw en Tõnu Kaljuste. Kees Jan de Koning has also been involved in various CD recordings in his capacity as a soloist.