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 composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès, composer 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 flautist Emily Beynon and principal trumpet Miroslav Petkov have both put together unique, adventurous programmes.

The concert given on 8 October the cellists of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, aka the RCO Cello Society, are presenting a programme showcasing the many faces of the instrument. On 2 February Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s principal flautist Emily Beynon has put together a colourful programme inspired by Alphonse Mucha, that is a blend of Paris and Prague in the decades leading up to, and just after, 1900.

  • 6 concerten
  • 3 concerten
  • 3 concerten