The professional chamber choir Cappella Amsterdam was founded in 1970. Over the years, under the direction of Daniel Reuss, it has built up a repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary works (Ton de Leeuw, Hans Koolmees, Robert Heppener, Peter Schat, Klaas de Vries, etc.), with a special focus on promoting Dutch music of today.
Cappella Amsterdam is often asked to appear in productions of operas, including Tan Dun’s Marco Polo, Hier by Guus Jansen and Friso Haverkamp, Rameau’s Les Indes galantes (under Frans Brüggen), and Jan van de Putte’s Wet Snow (Holland Festival 2004). In 2003, along with Krisztina de Chatel’s dance company, the ensemble took part in a series of performances of Obscura, a piece for dancers and singers on the music of the contemporary composer Hans Koolmees.
Cappella Amsterdam is invited to all the leading Dutch festivals, and has also appeared at the Settembre Musica festival in Turin, La Folle Journée in Nantes, the Ars Musica festival in Brussels, and the Berliner Festspiele, as well as in Lisbon, Tokyo, and Bilbao. The choir has collaborated with the Asko/ Schönberg Ensemble (Reinbert de Leeuw, Stephan Asbury), the Ebony Band, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam (Nikolaus Harnoncourt), the Hilversum Radio Chamber Orchestra (Peter Eötvös), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Jonathan Nott), the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Frans Brüggen), The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Gustav Leonhardt), the SWR Vocal Ensemble, MusikFabrik, and the RIAS Kammerchor.