“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 between 2001-2012 with Toonkunst Amersfoort and from 2001 and 2015 with the Bach Cantorij Baarn. He has been the regular conductor of the St. Joris Chamber Choir since 1995. He also conducts the Cantata Foundation in Amersfoort and the Basilius College, a chamber choir consisting of professional choral conductors, church musicians and classically-trained singers.