Top Talent

The orchestra helps develop talent through its own Academy of the Concertgebouworkest and by organising masterclasses and collaborative efforts with other musical institutions, including the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the National Master Orchestral Conducting and the Concertgebouw.


A South African student during a rehearsal with members of the Orchestra Academy
A South African student during a rehearsal with members of the Orchestra Academy

In the cities where the Concertgebouworkest 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. Musicians of the Concertgebouworkest also give masterclasses to youth orchestras while on tour.

During its 2013 world tour, for instance, the Concertgebouworkest 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 musicians of the orchestra travelled to Johannesburg for masterclasses to young SANYO musicians.


Young conductors

Young conductor Joshua Weilerstein is conducting the RCO under guidance of Valery Gergiev (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
Joshua Weilerstein and Valery Gergiev (photo: Renske Vrolijk)

The Ammodo Masterclass gives talented young conductors the opportunity to work with the Concertgebouworkest under guidance of a leading conductor. The masterclass sessions are of great importance to the participants’ careers of the participants and offer fascinating insights to anyone who wishes to take a closer look to a conductor's profession.

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 2017 Sergey Neller, Valentina Peleggi, Jiří Rožeň and Dawid Runtz worked with the orchestra under the guidance of Daniele Gatti, who a year later shared his expertise with Ruth Reinhardt, Tianyi Lu, Roderick Cox and Nuno Coelho. 

In June 2020 Iván Fischer took young conductors Martijn Dendievel, Corinna Niemeyer, Jaume Santonja, and Katharina Wincor under his wings. The charismatic Iván Fischer couples a thorough musical and historical knowledge to his love of transmitting his vision to the next generations. Due to covid-19, the masterclasses took place without an audience present. Fortunately each masterclass was being broadcast live, so the whole world could join simultaneously.  

Watch the masterclass 2020

Watch the Masterclasses 2018