The Concertgebouworkest is a Dutch Symphony Orchestra of international renown. Founded in 1888 it was granted the designation ‘Royal’ on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. The orchestra accounts for 120 permanent members and has its seat in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, known for its extraordinary acoustics. Patron of the orchestra is Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
The Concertgebouworkest is considered as one of the world’s best symphony orchestras recognized amongst others for its interpretation of Mahler and Bruckner, which make up a fixed part of the orchestra’s repertoire. The development of the orchestra was sustainably shaped thru the fact that only a few conductors, such as Willem Mengelberg and Bernard Haitink, governed it.
The Concertgebouworkest is cherished in Switzerland via its traditional annual concert during the Lucerne Festival in the Kunst & Kulturzentrum Luzern (KKL) in Lucerne.
The Swiss Friends of the Concertgebouworkest was founded in 2007 and is a non-profit association under Swiss Law.
The Swiss Friends, with its prominent Patron, conductor Bernard Haitink, endeavors to support young talented Swiss musicians. In close cooperation with the orchestra, the Swiss Friends support talented young Swiss musicians to take part in masterclasses in Switzerland under the guidance of musicians of the orchestra.
Also, they offer students who meet the high standards of the Concertgebouworkest, grants for participating in the Academy of the Concertgebouworkest. These courses at the Academy contain individual tuition by musicians of the Concertgebouworkest, but occasionally they could be part of the orchestra and play with them. It is a unique chance to get stage experience with an excellent orchestra like the Concertgebouworkest. The Freundeskreis supports the annual master classes in Switzerland and offers excellent young musicians grants for the academy courses.
At the same time, the Swiss Friends supports the Concertgebouworkest in realizing its artistic ambitions. For example, by purchasing high-quality instruments, which orchestra members can use through the RCO Foundation.
A further aim of the Swiss Friends is to increase awareness of the Concertgebouworkest with the Swiss audience. The Swiss Friends supports unique events like the post-concert cocktail party in Lucerne where members of the Swiss Friends can mingle with the Concertgebouworkest's musicians. Members of the orchestra also participate at exclusive performances aimed at raising funds for talented Swiss musicians.
Membership of the Freundeskreis is available to individuals and corporates alike and offers exclusive privileges:
Individual and young members have the opportunity to participate in exclusive cultural trips to Amsterdam or to European cities where the orchestra is playing. In Amsterdam, they can enjoy a concert of the highest quality from especially reserved seats at the exquisite Concertgebouw, for example during the Opening Night. Additionally, members get the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes of this cultural institution and interact personally with members of the orchestra.
Corporate members can also count on the support of the Concertgebouworkest if they would like to book individual musicians of the orchestra for an exclusive client event of the company in Switzerland.
Individual, young and corporate members, will get easier access to tickets for performances of the Concertgebouworkest in Switzerland and the possibility to interact with the musicians.
All members are making a valuable contribution to the advancement of young talented musicians in Switzerland.
The annual membership fee for individual members (including partners) starts at CHF 1,000 and for young members (≤40 years) at CHF 500. For corporate members, the fee starts at CHF 5,000. A lifetime membership is CHF 15,000. Because the Freundeskreis is a non-profit association, contributions are tax deductible.
Members and non-members can associate their name very effectively as sponsors of high-class events, such as concerts of the Concertgebouworkest, performances of individual musicians of the orchestra, fundraising events or events to promote young Swiss talents. Purchasing an instrument for usage by the Concertgebouworkest is another opportunity to associate a company or a product with the orchestra.
Mr. Bernard Haitink, Honorary Conductor Concertgebouworkest
Swiss Friends Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
c/o Burki Rechtsanwälte, Rotfluhstrasse 85, 8702 Zollikon
tel +41 79 137 24 28
J. Safra Sarasin & Cie AG
Postfach 2123 CH-8022 Zürich