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Bas Ramselaar (Bass, Conductor)

Born: 1961 - Amersfoort, the Netherlands

The Dutch bass and conductor, Bas Ramselaar, has already sung under the guidance of his father at the age of six. He received his first singing lessons from Miep Zijlstra. From 1981 he studied solo singing at the Utrechts Conservatorium, followed by private studies with Frans Schouten and the famnous Dutch contralto Aafje Heynis and he got master-classes from Robert Holl.

Thereby he was between 1985 and 2001 a permanent member of the renowned Nederlands Kamerkoor, and for years he was a member of the soloists ensemble of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.

As a concert singer, Bas Ramselaar made himself a name in his homeland and abroad. He has appeared on many European stages, among which the Festivals of Berlin and Bruges, and has also gave performances in San Antonio, Texas. He has sung with renowned ensembles as the Berliner Symphoniker, the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Nederlands Kamerorkest and the Orchestra of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, under the conductors Frans Brüggen, Harry Christophers, Thierry Fischer, Roy Goodman, Uwe Gronostay, Philippe Herreweghe, Robert King, Reinhert de Leeuw, Paul McCreesh, Jos van Veldhoven and many others.

Bas Ramselaarís singing has been documented on many radio, TV and CD recordings with works of J.S. Bach, L.v. Beethoven, Dietrich. Buxtehude, De Fesch, Hugo Distler, Gabriel Fauré, Hollanders, Huygens, W.A. Mozart, Schrijver, Heinrich Schütz, Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi among others. With Pieter Jan Leusink he recorded the Mozart and the Gabriel Fauré Requiems. He sang ALL the bass parts in the complete Bach church cantatas cycle for Brilliant Classics, as well as Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) and Johannes-Passion (BWV 245). He has also two solo CD's: the CD ĎBas zingt Bachí, and a CD with Lieder of Mozart accompanied on piano by Bart van Oort.

Bas Ramselaar is in demand as a tutor and ensemble coach and has a rising career as a conductor. As a director of St. Joris Kamerkoor from Amersfoort, he has been experienced an enormous development in the past 15 years. He was also sought-after as a co-repetitor, and was ensemble-coach at the Kurt Thomas Cursus (2001-2003). Since 2001 he has been the permanent director of the Bach Cantorij Baarn & Orkest, with which he performed in past seasons several times all great vocal works of J.S. Bach's: Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248, complete), Matthäus Passion (BWV 244), Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Mass in B minor (BWV 232), Magnificat in Es (BWV 243a), more than 60 church cantatas and Motets. He is director of Toonkunst Amersfoort, with which he gave concerts with works as Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle, Felix Mendelssohnís Elias, Mozartís Grosse Messe in C minor, Krönungsmesse and Vesperae Solennes, Vierneís Messe Solennelle, J.S. Bachís Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) and Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Haydnís Die Schöpfung, Requiemmissen by Verdi, Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, Ein deutsches Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, Missa Choralis by Franz Liszt, Mirror of Perfection by Richard Blackford, George Frideric Handelís Messiah and Psalmen 95 + 42, and Die Erste Walpurgisnacht by Felix Mendelssohn.

Beside all these activities Bas Ramselaar taught singing at Omroep Jongenskoor, voice choir directing at the Hogeschool Gorinchem, and singing and voice choir directing at UNISONO in Utrecht. Since 2011 he is also conductor of the Amersfoorts Kantate Koor & Orkest and artistic leader of the Basilius College.


Source: Liner notes to the 60-CD set of Complete Bach Church Cantatas conducted by Pieter Jan Leusink (Brilliant Classics, 1999-2000); Toonkunst Oratorium Vereniging Amersfoort Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2005); The Artist (November 2006, June 2007, March 2011)
Contributed & edited by
Aryeh Oron (June 2001, June 2005, November 2006, June 2007, March 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Pieter Jan Leusink

Bass

BWV 1, BWV 2, BWV 3, BWV 5, BWV 6, BWV 7, BWV 8, BWV 9, BWV 10, BWV 11, BWV 12, BWV 13, BWV 14, BWV 16, BWV 17, BWV 18, BWV 19, BWV 20, BWV 21, BWV 22, BWV 24, BWV 25, BWV 26, BWV 27, BWV 28, BWV 29, BWV 30, BWV 31, BWV 32, BWV 33, BWV 34, BWV 36, BWV 37, BWV 38, BWV 39, BWV 40, BWV 41, BWV 42, BWV 43, BWV 44, BWV 45, BWV 46, BWV 47, BWV 49, BWV 56, BWV 57, BWV 58, BWV 59, BWV 60, BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 63, BWV 64, BWV 65, BWV 66, BWV 67, BWV 68, BWV 70, BWV 71, BWV 72, BWV 73, BWV 74, BWV 75, BWV 76, BWV 77, BWV 78, BWV 79, BWV 80, BWV 81, BWV 82, BWV 83, BWV 85, BWV 86, BWV 87, BWV 88, BWV 89, BWV 90, BWV 91, BWV 92, BWV 93, BWV 94, BWV 95, BWV 96, BWV 97, BWV 98, BWV 99, BWV 100, BWV 101, BWV 102, BWV 103, BWV 104, BWV 105, BWV 106, BWV 107, BWV 108, BWV 110, BWV 111, BWV 112, BWV 113, BWV 114, BWV 115, BWV 116, BWV 117, BWV 118, BWV 119, BWV 120, BWV 121, BWV 122, BWV 123, BWV 124, BWV 125, BWV 126, BWV 127, BWV 128, BWV 129, BWV 130, BWV 131, BWV 132, BWV 133, BWV 135, BWV 136, BWV 137, BWV 138, BWV 139, BWV 140, BWV 143, BWV 145, BWV 146, BWV 147, BWV 149, BWV 150, BWV 151, BWV 152, BWV 153, BWV 154, BWV 155, BWV 156, BWV 157, BWV 158, BWV 159, BWV 162, BWV 163, BWV 164, BWV 165, BWV 166, BWV 167, BWV 168, BWV 171, BWV 172, BWV 173, BWV 174, BWV 175, BWV 176, BWV 178, BWV 179, BWV 180, BWV 181, BWV 182, BWV 183, BWV 184, BWV 185, BWV 186, BWV 187, BWV 188, BWV 192, BWV 194, BWV 195, BWV 196, BWV 197, BWV 198
BWV 244 [2nd, Jesus], BWV 245

Joop Schets

Bass

BWV 140, BWV 245

Jos van Veldhoven

Bass

BWV 245

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Biografia - dirigent Bas Ramselaar (TOVA) [Dutch]

Bas Ramselaarís Choirs:
Toonkunst Amersfoort
St. Joris Kamerkoor
Bach Cantorij Baarn & Orkest
Amersfoorts Kantate Koor & Orkest
Basilius College

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