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Will you be our new concert master?

Are you a passionate amateur violinist and would you like to lead a large symphony orchestra? This is your chance!

We are looking for a concert master who meets the following qualities:

  • Is a good violinist who is both a team player and a soloist.

  • Has pleasant communication with both the conductor and all leaders of the orchestra.

  • Has leadership skills, to the string group, and especially the first violin group.

  • Takes the lead in tuning prior to rehearsals and concerts.

  • Takes the lead in providing input to the parties and arrives at the best regional technical solutions in close consultation with the leaders of the string players.

  • Has an affinity with wind instruments and percussion, and has good antennae for issues that play a role in these groups.

  • Is/will become a member of "the Orchestra" and is in principle present at every rehearsal.

  • Thinks actively and policy-wise about the Orchestra, the repertoire and the rehearsals

Selection procedure

The selection procedure for our new concertmaster consists of an initial selection from the responses where a brief motivation is requested. Candidates selected from the written responses will be asked to give a short test game and their motivation will also be discussed further in an interview. For this trial game we ask you to prepare the following pieces:

  • Performance piece: Mozart - third violin concerto exposition plus a cadenza

  • Presentation piece: own choice

  • Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade: two passages including a cadence

  • Shostakovich - Fifth Symphony: Solo from the Second Movement (Allegretto)

To register

You can register, with a short written motivation, at the board of the Orchestra (

You can also send an email for more information (or call Daphne Hendriks, the current concertmaster, email for the telephone number)

The audition will be held on June 28 from 6:30 PM in the Vossius Gymnasium in Amsterdam.

The exact time will still be communicated to respondents.

The Amsterdam Orchestra

The orchestra consists of approximately 70 members who are advanced amateurs. Jacob Slagter has been the conductor since 2014. Three programs are rehearsed every year and performed in two concerts per program. We regularly play concerts with soloists from our own ranks. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in the Vossius gymnasium. Check out the rest of this website for more information about us.

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