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.
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.
The Concertgebouworkest 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. Two years later, in 2017 Sergey Neller, Valentina Peleggi, Jiří Rožeň and Dawid Runtz worked with the orchestra under the guidance of Daniele Gatti. In June 2018 Ruth Reinhardt, Tianyi Lu, Roderick Cox and Nuno Coelho were coached by maestro Gatti in front of the orchestra. Each young conductor worked with the Concertgebouworkest and participated in classes.