Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


The Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offers talented young musicians the opportunity to gain experience as an orchestral musician in one of the world's leading symphony orchestras.

The Academy is sponsored by donors of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Get to know the academists of this season:


Next concerts

Two academists will perform together with musicians of the Music Chapel Queen Elisabeth and violist Henk Rubingh of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Brussels on februari 5. The partnership between the Academy and the Music Chapel always result in inspiring music encounters.

Information and tickets

For upcoming auditions please see our job openings. The deadline to apply is 1 February 2015.






Celliste Laure le Dantec and double bassist Marco Behtash rehearse for a performance in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw, januari 6, 2015.


During the academy course the academists play up to twelve programmes with the orchestra, conducted by world renowned conductors and under the guidance of mentors from the orchestra. The academists play chamber music with members of the orchestra and students of the Music Chapel Queen Elisabeth. Furthermore, the academists receive 

  • private lessons from the concert masters, principals and other members of the orchestra
  • a masterclass by the artist-in-residence of the orchestra
  • audition training
  • mental training
  • Alexander technique

During the academic year (September to June) the academists receive a monthly allowance. The academists reside in Amsterdam. Academy students, who have completed the course successfully, are given priority at Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra auditions for a three-year period.


In the orchestra

Since the foundation of the Academy in 2003, six former academists have won an audition with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Flautist Julie Moulin won her audition whilst being an academist, violinists Sanne Hunfeld and Joanna Westers, violist Martina Forni and cellists Maartje-Maria den Herder and Honorine Schaeffer won theirs after they completed the Academy course. Many former academist now play in various orchestras in the Netherlands and Europe and substitute regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Niamh McKenna and her mentor Vincent Cortvrint during an orchestral rehearsal. The last years academist is now principal flautist at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

It is a dream to play twelve programmes with this orchestra, a once in a lifetime experience

Martina Forni
Academist 2007/ 08 , now violist in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

More information

Academy of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra
Mr. M. Klier
Jacob Obrechtstraat 51
1071 KJ Amsterdam