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 National Master Orchestral Conducting 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 and South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) young musicians programme. In December 2017 six RCO musicians will travel to Johannesburg for masterclasses to young SANYO musicians.
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 2018 Ruth Reinhardt, Tianyi Lu, Roderick Cox and Nuno Coelho were coached in front of the orchestra. Each young conductor worked with the RCO and participated in classes.