The Amsterdam Orchestra


The Amsterdam Orchestra (Het Orkest) is a dynamic and young symphony orchestra based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 1984 by former members of several Dutch student ensembles, the orchestra consist of approximately 70 musicians. The Amsterdam Orchestra is one of the leading amateur orchestras in the western part of the Netherlands. The orchestra performed more than 300 pieces by approximately 90 different composers in a wide repertoire ranging from Schubert to Shostakovich. The Amsterdam Orchestra gives performances in prominent concert halls such as the famous Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and the new architectural award-winning Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam). The orchestra went on tour to the Czech Republic (1994 and 2007), France (1999), Italy (2003), and China (2007/2008). The China tour was by invitation of the Chinese Government. In july 2014 the orchestra is going on tour in France and will perform Dvorak's New World Symphony amongst other pieces.


Besides the well-known symphonic repertoire, the orchestra also performs music by modern composers such as the Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki. Tsoupaki composed Levant specially for the Amsterdam Orchestra. The young Turkish composer Evrim Demirel wrote a saxophone concerto for the orchestra.


Occasionally the orchestra performs chamber music or large scale choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem or Mahler’s Symphony No.2. In June 2013 The Amsterdam Orchestra gave a concert with a French program named Paris au Paradis, with music by Poulenc, Roussel and the Mozart’s Paris Symphony. The orchestra also gives performances featuring both famous and promising young soloists like Liza Fershtman, Razvan Stoica and David Kweksilber.


The Russian conductor Alexander Vakoulsky has been the conductor from 1987 until 2009. The orchestra had several guest conductors between 2009 and 2011. Gustavo Gimeno (conductor and percussionist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) has been our conductor from 2011 up to the end of 2013. Joan Berkhemer has been conducting the orchestra temporarily in the beginning of the 2013/2014 season. In March 2014 we announced Jacob slagter to be our new conductor. Slagter has been playing principal horn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has held this position for more than 25 years. Nowadays he is a very succesful conductor in the Netherlands. The Amsterdam Orchestra gave his first concert with Slagter in June 2014 and he will join the orchestra on their tour to France in July 2014.  

Highlights of the performance history of The Amsterdam Orchestra:


  • 2014 Requiem, Verdi. Alexander Nevsky, Prokoviev (Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam)

  • 2013 An Amarican in Paris (George Gershwin, (Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam).

  • 2012 Brahms Symphony No. 3 (Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam)

  • 2007 Debut performance in the new award winning concert hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam

  • 2006 Mahler Symphony No.5 (Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam)

  • 2006 Paganini Violin Concerto (Razvan Stoica, violin) 2005 World Premiére of the reconstructed symphony in D by Franz Schubert

  • 2004 Requiem Verdi (Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam)

  • 2003 Concert tour Tuscany, Italy, Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

  • 2002 Mahler Symphony No.2 (Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) 2000 Romance for violin, Antonin Dvořák (Theodora Geraets), Concert for 2 violins Martinu (Geraets, Hülsmann) (Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) .


The complete list of performances can be downloaded from the web site of the Amsterdam Orchestra. Click here for this list.


Performances on Youtube can be found here: a teaser, excerpts of the concerto summer 2012, the saxophone concerto in May 2012.


Please visit our Facebook site