The orchestra helps develop talent through its own Orchestra Academy and by organising masterclasses and collaborative efforts with other musical institutions, including the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Learning Orchestra and the Concertgebouw.
In the cities where the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has residencies (London, Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt) and in countries which are home to RCO societies of friends (Switzerland, the UK, France, Belgium and the US), members of the orchestra give individual masterclasses to music students. RCO musicians also give masterclasses to youth orchestras while on tour.
During its 2013 world tour, for instance, the RCO established strong educational ties with the KwaZulu-Natal Symphony Orchestra’s young musicians programme.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra organises masterclasses for young conductors. In 2012 Mariss Jansons shared his expertise with Gergely Madaras, Yu Lu and Alexander Prior. In 2015 Valery Gergiev worked with three young conducting talents: Joshua Weilerstein, Ben Gernon and Zaurbek Gugkaev. In June 2017 Daniele Gatti taught Sergey Neller, Valentina Peleggi, Jiří Rožeň and Dawid Runtz. Each young conductor works with the RCO and participates in classes.
The next masterclass takes place on 25 and 26 June 2018, again with Daniele Gatti as master teacher. Application for a place in the masterclass is by invitation only.