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New Concertgebouworkest Young youth orchestra brings together musicians from 27 countries

01 April 2019

Concertgebouworkest to launch educational project for ‘hidden talent’ in the summer

Concertgebouworkest Young kicks off this summer. The Concertgebouworkest’s new youth orchestra caters for ‘hidden talent’ from all over Europe – young musicians aged fourteen to seventeen who need a little extra support. Of the 323 nominees, 73 have now been selected. Representing 27 nationalities, the orchestra truly reflects the diversity of Europe.

In addition to 72 European orchestral players, the orchestra includes one young South African violinist as part of the exchange programme established in 2013 between the Concertgebouworkest and the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO). 


During an intensive summer camp at the Akoesticum training centre for music, dance and theatre in the Dutch city of Ede, the young musicians will be attending sectional and orchestral rehearsals, playing chamber music, receiving coachings and participating in workshops overseen by professional workshop leaders. They will also be taking lessons with musicians of the Concertgebouworkest. In addition, eight mentors have been selected to provide the participants with further support. These are young people (aged 21 to 33) with different backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for classical music and have youth camp leadership skills.

The Concertgebouworkest has also teamed up with United World Colleges Nederland to develop a special programme to promote a sense of community, democratic ideals and personal development among the participants through music.

Chamber and orchestral performances

Concertgebouworkest Young will be divided into five large ensembles which will be giving concerts under the direction of Concertgebouworkest musicians at the Vondelpark Theatre (open-air concert on 18 August) and in the Amsterdam Hall at Concertgebouworkest House, the orchestra’s new home (on 22 August).

On 23 and 24 August, Concertgebouworkest Young will be introducing itself as an orchestra under the baton of the Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at Flagey in Brussels respectively. The programme features Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Julian Rachlin as soloist and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.