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.

  • Two former academists have been admitted to the orchestra: cellist Honorine Schaeffer, who attended the Academy last year, and cellist Maartje-Maria den Herder, Academist in 2004/05. Congratulations!
  • Academists this year (13/14): Saskia Otto (violin), Anne Weber (violin), Anna den Herder (viola), Nuala McKenna (cello), Niamh McKenna (flute) and Cristian Palau Tena (horn).
  • The next concert by academists will take place at the Kleine Zaal on May 7.
  • For the 2014-2015 season the deadline for vacant positions has passed. Application is no longer possible.


Flautist Julie Moulin together with academists Saskia Otto, Anna den Herder and Nuala McKenna during the Anniversary Soiree, October 2013. Saskia Otto: 'When you perform music with people who play music at such a high level, you get an enormous boost yourself.' (photo Anne Dokter)


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, four 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 and violist Martina Forni 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.

Flautist Niamh McKenna and her mentor Vincent Cortvrint during an orchestral rehearsal

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

Students season 2014 - 2015

Michael J. Schmid, violin
Alice Weber, viola
Laure Le Dantec, cello
Marco Behtash, double bass
Marc Aixa Siurana, percussion