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Concertgebouworkest launches new international Youth orchestra

05 November 2018

Concertgebouworkest Young offers education for talented European young musicians

Concertgebouworkest Young is the Concertgebouworkest’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 Concertgebouworkest 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 Concertgebouworkest. 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 Concertgebouworkest Young will perform together with children’s choir Singing Molenbeek. From this moment onward, the young musicians are ambassadors, taking the ideas behind Concertgebouworkest Young – talent development, diversity and the connection with society – with them to their respective home countries.

The Concertgebouworkest 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

Concertgebouworkest Young is an offshoot of Concertgebouworkest meets Europe, the ambitious tour undertaken by the Concertgebouworkest 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 Concertgebouworkest Young and subsequently resonate through the wider community.

Apply until 31 January 2019

The first Concertgebouworkest 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 Concertgebouworkest Young summer camp are being accepted until 31 January 2019. All necessary information may be found at