Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam


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Concertgebouw Orchestra launches new international Youth orchestra

05 November 2018

RCO Young offers education for talented European young musicians


RCO Young is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s new and international youth orchestra. It consists of young talented European musicians between fourteen and seventeen years old and reflects the diversity of Europe.

This youth orchestra is intended for ‘hidden talent’: young musicians who are in need of some extra support and who are currently underrepresented in the European orchestras. 

summer camp

At the RCO Young summer camp they participate in an intensive programme of group practice, orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, coaching sessions and workshops led by professional workshop leaders, and classes given by members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The training goes beyond music. In collaboration with United World College, the young musicians will also attend workshops focusing on personal development, democracy and social responsibility. 


At the conclusion of the programme they play concerts under the direction of a renowned conductor at The Concertgebouw and at the Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels, where RCO Young will perform together with children’s choir Singing Molenbeek. From this moment onward, the young musicians are ambassadors, taking the ideas behind RCO Young – talent development, diversity and the connection with society – with them to their respective home countries.

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra views the development of top talent as of the utmost importance. This new youth orchestra will serve as a bridge between society and a top-level cultural institute.

talent development

RCO Young is an offshoot of RCO meets Europe, the ambitious tour undertaken by the Concertgebouw Orchestra through all member states of the EU between 2016 and 2018. During this tour, in each country the orchestra performed one work together with a local youth orchestra (Side by Side) and developed close ties with young musicians across Europe. This unique concept will continue to take shape in RCO Young and subsequently resonate through the wider community.

Apply until 31 January 2019

The first RCO Young summer camp takes place from 7 to 25 August 2019 at Akoesticum in Ede, the Netherlands. Participation is free, and travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed.

Music teachers, conductors of local youth orchestras, school bands and ensembles as well as other professionals may nominate talented young musicians for an audition. Applications for the auditions for the first RCO Young summer camp are being accepted until 31 January 2019. All necessary information may be found at