Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Make it possible

A new instrument for a musician, an opportunity for young talent, the first musical experience for a young listener, or a special concert: your contribution helps the musicians of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra give top performances.

RCO meets Europe - Side by Side

Starting in August 2016, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will visit all 28 member states of the European Union in the course of two and a half seasons as part of the RCO meets Europe concert tour. In repertoire, in spirit and in practice this tour will serve to highlight the fundamental ideas and ideals that can hold Europe together.

This European idea should also be transferred to younger generations. It is their heritage, too. During the RCO meets Europe tour, in each country the orchestra will perform one opening work side by side with a local youth orchestra. In addition, members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will give masterclasses and lessons.


For Side by Side, we are seeking partners who wish to support one or more countries. The contribution is €12,500 per country.

Naturally, all partners are invited to the concert in their own country, and can also attend a rehearsal there. In addition, we will be organising a gathering before and after the project where all the partners will have an opportunity to meet the musicians involved and one another. Partners can also opt to have their names published on the RCO website.

If you would like to learn more about all the options, please email us at, or phone +31 (0)20 305 1010.

Help us to buy an instrument

The velvety strings, the golden brass and the warm timbres of the woodwinds: the orchestra hones and perfects its sound every day, using the best instruments. Exclusive and expensive, these instruments are often beyond the musicians' financial capabilities. The orchestra itself buys instruments, thus preserving its sound into the future. This can only be done with your support. 

Thanks to the contributions of our many donors, about half of the musicians play instruments that belong to the orchestra. A number of musicians have instruments on loan from a foundation or a private individual.

Brass players at the Grachtenfestival 2013
Grachtenfestival, augustus 2013

An opportunity for young talent

Young, gifted musicians have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Academy. They play in the orchestra under the great conductors, give chamber music concerts and take mental and audition training programmes. The musicians of the orchestra also give regular masterclasses to young talent in the Netherlands and during foreign tours. 

Sitting next to your heroes. That's what you dream of when you're studying.' Bassoonist Renée Knigge (centre) after a chamber music concert at Amerongen Castle.

Make children’s concerts possible

Hundreds of children gaze in wonderment during their first classical music experience. And how about singing and dancing along with the music? Of course! Children can prepare for the orchestra's school and family concerts by watching exciting, interactive film clips. Such a huge orchestra is a source of huge excitement.

There's also the app on Peter and the Wolf and Romeo & Juliet for home and school.

Support special artistic concerts 

The Horizon-concerts provide great opportunities to see the orchestra members play in different settings. These challenging artistic projects combine contemporary music with other art forms, often resulting in exciting performances which attract remarkable numbers of young people.

Thanks to the donors, the diversity of concerts is enormous. An outstanding performance of Richard Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer was made possible with the support of the American friends association, while other donors funded a special performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. They also continue to support chamber music concerts including unexpected combinations of orchestral musicians and even make resources available for new compositions.

Contribute to the financial reserve

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra wants to continue functioning at the highest level. To do so, the Donors' Foundation has created a continuity reserve which can be drawn upon if necessary. The annual return on this fund will be spent on attaining the orchestra's goals.

Emily Magee
Sopraan Emily Magee loopt de beroemde trap van Het Concertgebouw op na de Vier letzte Lieder van Richard Strauss met het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest uitgevoerd te hebben, oktober 2013.