Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam


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RCO Academy - French horn & percussion

07 December 2018

Deadline 19 January 2019

The RCO Academy offers talented young musicians the opportunity to gain experience as orchestral players in one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras. For the 2019-2020 season the following Academy positions are open:

French horn (high and low horn) & percussion

During the academy course, which starts in September 2019, the academists play in up to twelve programs of the orchestra under the guidance of mentors from the orchestra. In addition, the academists attend private lessons given by the principals, and they play chamber music with fellow academists and with members of the orchestra. They participate in various workshops such as auditioning, educational activities and mental training, and they are offered classes in movement and posture training including Alexander Technique. The academists receive RCO Academy certificates on successful completion of the course. 


The RCO Academy offers each participant a stipend of € 1,100,- per month (€ 600.- gross (taxable) compensation and up to € 500.- tax-free housing allowance). We require all participants to be present in the Netherlands for the full season (September 2019 through June 2020) and to participate in all activities offered. The academists are responsible for obtaining their health insurance and their housing in Amsterdam.

Who can apply? Musicians who:

  • were born on or after 1 September 1992 and
  • preferably have a Bachelor’s degree or are studying for a Master’s degree and
  • are holding the nationality of a European Union country plus, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland. Or are in the possession of a valid Dutch working permit.

Audition dates in Amsterdam:

19 March 2019, french horn
21 March 2019, percussion 

Applications must be made online:

Application deadline:19 January 2019.

We require a video with good sound quality. The requested repertoire can be found in the application form on 

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra reserves the right to make a preliminary selection based on letters / video of application. The results will be communicated by 7 February.