Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Chamber music


Close-up - Chamber music


Friends Series

Chamber music performed by musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Recital Hall

How would you like to experience the musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra up close? Well, you certainly can! For years, they have been giving chamber music concerts in the Recital Hall as part of the Close-up Series.

These intimate concerts are organised by Concert Friends, the society of friends of the Royal Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

They present a unique opportunity to enjoy up close these outstanding musicians’ individual qualities in small ensembles.

Close-up highlights

In two series of three concerts, members of the orchestra are presenting a diverse range of classical chamber music. The varied programmes feature popular works, but often lesser-known compositions, too, which deserve to be heard. One such concert is being given by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, artist in residence, in collaboration with orchestral musicians. This season, too, a number of portrait concerts have been scheduled, each showcasing one particular member of the orchestra. Principal cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva and principal oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk have both put together unique, adventurous programmes.

The concerts given on 18 September and on 19 March have been programmed by and around two string quartets which have their origins in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: the GoYa Quartet and Alma Quartet respectively.

Outside the various series, an additional concert for children has been programmed featuring an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Here the familiar story gets a final instalment…

  • 6 concerten
  • 3 concerten
  • 3 concerten