The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives more than 40
concerts per season in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in
other Dutch concert halls and during international tours. Almost 200,000
audience members attend performances of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra each year; this number includes the
audiences for the two orchestras’ opera performances. As of the start of the
season 2011/2012, Marc Albrecht will be the chief conductor of the Netherlands
It was in 1985 that the musicians of three existing
orchestras combined their musical qualities and experience to form the
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the direction of its chief conductors
Hartmut Haenchen (1985-2003) and Yakov Kreizberg (2004-2011), the Netherlands
Philharmonic Orchestra has gained an excellent reputation in the international
musical world, winning a large and broadly-constituted audience in the process.
The NedPhO also plays a pioneering role in its search for new audiences and
young talent; in this it continues the tradition that was inaugurated by
conductor Anton Kersjes (‘Dirigent van Amsterdam’, 1923-2004), chief conductor
of the former Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. ??
Since its founding the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra have performed in the majority of operas
presented by De Nederlandse Opera in Het Muziektheater Amsterdam; they have
therefore contributed in no small manner to the house’s international renown.
With more than 130 players the NedPhO is able to organise and provide
successful performances of the largest orchestral projects, these including the
much-lauded DNO production of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen (1999, revivals in
2005 and 2012-13) and the Holland Festival production of Frank Zappa’s 200
The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra’s high international
profile guarantees that it is regularly invited to perform abroad. The
orchestra made a successful tour of the important German concert halls under
Yakov Kreizberg in 2009 and also gave two sold-out concerts in the series
Orquestas y Solistas del Mundo in the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.
The NedPhO also made a well-received debut with soloist Julia Fischer at the
BBC Proms in London in 2008.