Jos van der Kooy

Jos van der Kooy


Jos van der Kooy (Rotterdam, 1951) has been active in various aspects of Dutch and international music life for more than half a century. The scope and versatility of his repertoire are legendary. His way of playing is known as driven, dynamic and emotional.

Jos studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where Piet Kee laid the foundations for his long career. Between 1977 and 1981 he won prestigious national and international improvisation prizes at competitions in Bolsward, Haarlem and St. Albans (UK). In 1981 he completed his studies by obtaining the Prix d' Excellence in organ and improvisation. He received additional lessons from Hans Haselböck, Cor Kee, Ewald Kooiman, Daniel Roth and Charles de Wolff, among others.

From 1981 to 2019 Jos was the cantor and organist at the Westerkerk in Amsterdam. Of all the organists who have been associated with the Wester in the course of three centuries, Jos has been in office the longest. From 1990 to 2017 he was the city organist of Haarlem. In Haarlem, he played the world-famous Müller organ in the Great or Saint Bavo Church and the Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Philharmonie. For his work in Haarlem, he received the Silver Medal from the Vereniging Haerlem (2015) and the Silver City Medal from the Municipality of Haarlem (2017).

Since 2007 he has been the organist for the Council of State in The Hague. As of 1 January 2020, Jos has been appointed as the organist of the Remonstrant Arminius Church in the centre of Rotterdam.
Jos van der Kooy teaches organ, improvisation and church music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at Leiden University.
He was awarded the Société Académique ´Arts, Sciences, Lettres´ in Paris for his services to French music, twice, in 1989 and 2000. In 2011 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau.


  • Jos van der Kooy is the organist in residence of:
  • St Bavo's Church in Haarlem: at the Müller organ (city organist)
  • The Haarlem Philharmonie: at the Cavaillé-Coll organ (city organist)
  • Westerkerk in Amsterdam: two organs (cantor-organist)
  • The Gothic Hall at the Netherlands Council of State in The Hague, concert organist


Van der Kooy gives numerous organ concerts at home and abroad.
His repertoire includes works from almost all style periodes. In addition, he has performed many pieces of contemporaneous Dutch music in premiere, including pieces by Daan Manneke, Piet Kee, Hans Kox and Wim de Ruiter.


Van der Kooy is teacher of organ, improvisation and church music at:

  • the Academy of Arts , University of Leiden
  • the Royal Conservatory in The Hague
  • the International Summer Academy for organists in Haarlem
  • He also conducts masterclasses and private lessons.


Choral director

Jos van der Kooy is also conductor of Cappella Westerkerk in Amsterdam. Under his guidance, motivated amateur singers rehearse and perform in a professional context.

Prizes and awards:

  • Knighthood in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, 2011
  • Silver Medal, 1989, and Silver Gilt Medal, 2000, of the Société Académique "Arts, Sciences, Lettres", Paris, for services to French music.
  • Prix d'Excellence, as a student of Piet Kee at the Amsterdam Conservatory, 1981
  • First Prize of the International Improvisation Competition, Haarlem, 1980 and 1981
  • First Prize of the National Improvisation Competition, Bolsward, 1978
  • Tournemire Prize, International Organ Festival, St Albans, 1977

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Deutsche Uebersetzung: Kirstin Gramlich | English translation: Dr. Gijsbert Siertsema | Traduction française: Drs. Mirjam Kooiman