“I must have been about 17 when I saw the famous television production of Orfeo with Nicolaus Harnoncourt. It made a huge impression on me; since then, I am continually made aware that ‘Early’ music (Renaissance and Baroque) is closest to my heart. What I have discovered, many years later, is that you don’t have to be old-fashioned to sing old music! We’re always re-creating the compositions, bringing a new approach and sound to light. We are occupied with the Here and Now in our interpretation of the madrigals of Monteverdi.”
Bas studied voice with Frans Schouten and Aafje Heynis and followed masterclasses with Robert Holl. He was a member of the Dutch Chamber Choir between 1985 and 2001 and was a regular soloist with the Dutch Bach Society for years. He was recently involved with the Leiden Choirbooks project with the Egidius College. Bas has performed in concert halls both throughout the Netherlands and internationally and has made countless radio, TV and CD recordings of works by Bach, Beethoven, Buxtehude, De Fesch, Distler, Fauré, Hollanders, Huygens, Monteverdi, Mozart, Schrijver, Schütz, Telemann and Vivaldi. He has recorded the complete bass arias in the complete sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach, as well as in the St. John and St. Matthew Passions. In addition, he has recorded two solo CDs: “Bas sings Bach” and “Songs of W.A. Mozart.”
Bas is also a recognised choir conductor and worked with the St. Joris Chamber Choir, Toonkunst Amersfoort and the Bach Cantorij Baarn & Orchestra. He was co-founder and artistic leader/conductor of the Basilius College. He conducts the Amersfoort Cantata Choir and Orchestra, Pur Sang vocal ensemble in Den Bosch and the Oratorium Choir Euphonia in Rhenen. He has initiated the Choral Evensongs in the St. Joriskerk in Amersfoort and has founded the Amersfoort Cantorij. Bas is also singing teacher, répétiteur and vocal trainer.