Aim, mission and vision
The aim of the Foundation (stichting) is to promote by any and all appropriate legal means the musical culture of the Netherlands through the preservation and development of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the performance of music by that orchestra.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is a symphony orchestra that gives orchestral performances of the highest calibre in the world’s leading concert halls under the direction of the very best conductors. The activities it carries out in Amsterdam form the basis of its role as the Netherlands’ ambassador for international excellence. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offers audiences emotional and intellectual enrichment, generating involvement and active loyalty.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra aims to be the symphony orchestra with the greatest appeal to music lovers and professionals both in and outside the Netherlands. The orchestra sets itself apart from other ensembles by means of its own characteristic sound, stylistic flexibility, open mindset, rich history and its special relationship with a unique and world-renowned concert hall.
The orchestra aims to reach the widest possible audience. It seeks to meet this objective with its interpretations of works in the traditional and new symphonic repertoire, and by developing innovative projects and collaborative partnerships with a range of media and other partners.
As an employer, the orchestra aims to provide sustained, exciting work to its employees, creating a safe environment in which they can focus on taking up artistic and other challenges. Employees demonstrate their commitment to the orchestra collective and to audiences alike. They are prepared to work in and outside the scope of their job description when this benefits the orchestra and its audiences. The orchestra strives for absolute excellence in all its artistic and business-related activities, procedures and communications, thus ensuring that it can continue to present itself on a global scale as a truly leading orchestra.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra chooses to operate at the centre of society and, to that end, aims to establish long-term, respectful relationships in the community. The gifted young musicians selected are supported and offered stimulating professional opportunities.
The orchestra’s core activity is giving concert performances of orchestral repertoire for paying audiences in and outside the Netherlands.
The aim is to carry out approximately 125 concert activities each year, roughly eighty of which take place in Amsterdam, its home base.
Closely related secondary activities include
- those involving audience initiation, education and talent development;
- media productions which disseminate the orchestra’s activities; and
- chamber music performances by members of the orchestra.
Organisational structure and governance
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has implemented a board model, with the responsibilities of the Managing Director under the Articles of Association having been set out in the Board regulations (directiereglement). One particularity of the orchestra’s governance is the role, as set out in the Articles of Association, performed by the staff making up the Executive Board (stichtingsbestuur): one-third of the seats on this Board are allocated to members of the Board of the Vereniging ‘Het Concertgebouworchest’.
The Board of the Stichting Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest receives no remuneration. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is subject to the Senior Executives in the Public and Semi-Public Sector (Standards for Remuneration) Act (Wet normering topinkomens (WNT)). The Stichting Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest duly complies with this legislation in accordance with the framework established by it.
Composition of the Executive Board
In view of the nature of the Foundation’s activities, board experience and affinity with the objectives and activities of the Foundation are the most important criteria on the basis of which candidates are selected for appointment and reappointment. The Executive Board aims to constitute a balanced reflection of Dutch society in terms of gender, age and heritage.
Board composition and retirement schedule
|Name||Poistion||Appointed||To step down|
|Dorothee van Vredenburch||chair||2016||2024|
|Christian van Eggelen||member||2016||2028|
|Jörgen van Rijen||member||2020||2024|
Composition of the Managing Board
- Dominik Winterling, managing director
- Ulrike Niehoff, artistic director
- David Bazen, director of operations
Consultation structure and employee representation
Consultations between the Managing Board and the Artistic Committee
The orchestra’s artistic policy is formed within the Artistic Consultations entity (Artistiek Beraad), with regular consultations held between the Managing Board, the chief conductor and the Artistic Committee (made up of orchestral members). Artistic Consultations is involved in artistic policy, the artistic functioning of the orchestra and future programming, and in evaluating the performances given.
Consultations between the Managing Board and the Vereniging ‘Het Concertgebouworchest’
Coordination meetings between the Managing Board and the Verenigingsbestuur (VB) in its entirety are held at least once a quarter in which day-to-day activities are reviewed, and important policy changes and plans discussed. Various managers are asked to join these meetings depending on the points on the agenda.
In addition, consultations are held very regularly between the chair of the VB and the Managing Director. Consultations are also held between the VB delegations and the Director of Operations and the HR Manager at regular intervals.
The VB is currently made up of six orchestra members and two staff members:
- Christian van Eggelen, chair
- Karlijn Riedijk, secretary
- Borika van den Booren
- Michael Gieler
- Davide Lattuada
- Bence Major
- Charlie dos Reis Borges Rodrigues, treasurer
- Théotime Voisin
The task of the Artistic Consultations entity is to formulate artistic policy in the broadest sense, on behalf of and under the ultimate responsibility of the Board of the Foundation. Artistic Consultations is a committee made up of the chief conductor, the Board chair, the Artistic Director and the Artistic Committee.
- Jörgen van Rijen, spokesperson
- Emily Beynon
- Johan van Iersel
- Benjamin Peled
Cultural public benefit organisation (ANBI) information
The Stichting Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest is an independent foundation based at Gabriël Metsustraat 16, Amsterdam, and is registered with the Chamber of Commerce under the number 41199917.
The Stichting Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest endorses the Cultural Governance Code.
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