Structure and Organization

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is an independent foundation with its own Board. A special aspect of the structure of the foundation is the position of the personnel. They are members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Association and have three seats on the Board of the foundation.
The daily business of the organisation is run by the Executive Director who is supported by the Director for Artistic Administration and the Director for Business Administration.
The artistic policy of the orchestra is formulated by the Executive Director, the Chief Conductor, the Director for Artistic Administration and the Artistic Committee.
The remainder of the policy is formulated by the Executive Director, the Board of the Society and the Board of the Foundation.
The foundation is subsidised by the federal government (the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) and the City of Amsterdam. The subsidy amounts to about half of the annual budget. The remainder of the income is generated by ticket sales, sponsoring and performances outside of Amsterdam. With about 50% of self-generated income, the orchestra is one of the most independently operating subsidised artistic institutions in the Netherlands.
The orchestra has 120 members and an office staff of 35 (some part-time).


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra stands out both artistically and financially as the one orchestra in the Netherlands which regularly employs leading conductors of world renown. To that end, the orchestra actively initiates and builds relationships with top conductors.

In addition, the orchestra is firmly committed to fostering relationships with new talent. Naturally, this mainly involves conductors who have to a certain degree already established international careers for themselves in the world of symphonic music. But the RCO also makes it a priority to give performance opportunities to young, up-and-coming conductors with the potential of eventually joining the illustrious ranks of the top twenty.


The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra frequently welcomes leading soloists to share its stage. Rather than providing an evening of accompaniment to a given star, however, the orchestra chooses to book special soloists to perform symphonic solo repertoire in which a suitable symphonic role is reserved for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.