The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is considered to be one of the world’s best symphony orchestras. Founded in 1888, it was granted the designation “Royal” on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Its patron is Her Majesty Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. The orchestra encompasses 120 permanent musicians with over twenty different nationalities and has its seat in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, famous for its extraordinary acoustics.
For many years the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has performed to critical acclaim at the Lucerne Festival in the KKL. Swiss concertgoers have come to know and cherish the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra during these and other symphonic performances in Switzerland.
The Freundeskreis was established in 2007 by a group of music lovers and is a non-profit association under Swiss Law. Contributions to the association are tax-exempt.
The Freundeskreis, under the patronage of eminent conductor Bernard Haitink, supports the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in various ways:
The annual minimum donation for an individual member (valid for a couple) is CHF 1’000 and for corporate members starting from CHF 5’000. A lifetime membership is available for a donation of CHF 15’000. A membership in the Freundeskreis is available to individuals and corporations alike and offers exclusive privileges:
Members and non-members can achieve highly effective visibility of their name as sponsors of elite events, such as concerts of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performances of individual musicians of the orchestra, one or more seats in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Academy, fundraising events or events to promote young Swiss talents. Members and non-members also have the opportunity to donate an instrument for usage by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and thus associate a company or a product with an individual instrument played by the orchestra.
Mr Bernard Haitink, Honorary Conductor Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mr Jop Wehmeijer, President
Mr Tom Berkhout
Mr John-Patrick Broekhuijsen
Mr Fidelis Götz
Mrs Jane Enny van Lambalgen
Mrs Isabella zu Pappenheim
Mr Jan Raes (managing director RCO)
Mr Charles Zijderveldt, Former Honorary Consul-general of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Zürich, President
Dr Urs Breiter, Ambassador of Switzerland in the Netherlands
Mrs Anne Luwema, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Switzerland
Mrs Corine Mauch, Mayor of Zürich
Mrs Ruth Koetser, Koetser Gallery Zürich
Mr Mischa Damev, Artistic and Managing Director Musik Migros Genossenschafts-Bund
Mrs Aleid de Jong, Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Geneva
Mrs Isabella zu Pappenheim
Mrs Brigitte Wijler
Mrs Ruth Koetser
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