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Netherlands Philharmonic

Netherlands Philharmonic

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is a reasonably young Dutch orchestra; founded in 1985 which since its birth has enjoyed consistent success with both the public and the press.



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 Philharmonic Orchestra.??

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 Motels (2000).

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.