The  choir's  history and repertoire

Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam (TKA) is a concert choir, that was founded in 1829. In its illustrious past the choir sung and contributed to productions led by famous conductors like Anton Kersjes, Hartmut Haenchen, Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Jean Fournet, Yehudi Menuhin, Bernard Haitink, Yakov Kreizberg, Jan Willem de Vriend en Marc Albrecht.
Since the early 1970’s, TKA regularly co-operates with a.o. the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra) en the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest (the Chamber Orchestra of the Concertgebouw).

TKA is an ambitious and multi-faceted choir that alternates the well known great choral compositions with more intimate and modern works, that show the versatility of the choir. At least once a year the choir brings a own production. Besides compositions from the 18th and 19th century, also the great choral works from the 20th and 21st century are in focus, especially those that, because of its difficulty, are seldom performed by an amateur choir.
Traditionally TKA sings each year Bach's Matthäus-Passion on Good Friday in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Willem Mengelberg started this yearly performance in 1899. After him the choir pursued this tradition and was led by Eduard van Beinum, Eugen Jochum, Anton Kersjes, Jan Eelkema, Winfried Maczewski and, since 2003, Boudewijn Jansen. From 2008 on, the yearly perfomance of this work on Palm Sunday in the Philharmonie in Haarlem is added to this tradition.

Contact us

For more information please contact:
Secretariaat Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam
Postbus 17601
1001 JM Amsterdam
Telephone: 06 2928 2112