Principal Second Violins (75%)

We are the Residentie Orkest The Hague. The Hague is a city with which we have inseparable connections: the cosmopolitan, diplomatic, political and royal city on the coast and the city of freedom and the law. Our music plays an important part in our outreach, forging connections with all of the residents and visitors to The Hague. We offer the highest quality of musical experience, both adventurous and dynamic. Our music, live performances and social and educational programmes make connections, pose challenges, surprise and entertain our audiences. Our artistic interpretation of music creates that unique experience when music becomes something tangibly in the moment, even if it is centuries old. The orchestra is continually seeking the relevance of music from a contemporary, youthful and fresh approach.

The Residentie Orkest is one of the major and renowned symphony orchestras in the Netherlands and regularly gives performances at important venues both at home and abroad. We work with an illustrious group of top international conductors and soloists. We have also built up an impressive discography with labels including BIS, Chandos, Challenge and DGG. Our current chief conductor and musical director is Nicholas Collon. Anja Bihlmaier will take over the post of chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest from the summer of 2021. Richard Egarr is our principal guest conductor and Jun Märkl has also been appointed as a principal guest conductor.

The Residentie Orkest has an immediate vacancy for

Principal Second Violins (75%)

The position
The second violin section comprises aa assistant principal, tutti players and two principals. You will also be adaptable for educational and outreach activities and stage performances in smaller settings.

Requirements for the position
It goes without saying that you will be a distinguished violinist. We ask for an open attitude towards authentic performance styles as well as contemporary music. You must also have the leadership qualities that will allow you to inspire the section and create synergy, both musically and within the section as a whole. The position also means you will be contributing towards the orchestra’s overall quality and you will be involved in literally “setting the tone” for the orchestra. You enjoy and value working on educational and outreach activities in ensemble productions alongside your performances on stage. You are a positive, engaged section leader who can strike the right balance between individuality and sectional playing.

Applications and procedure
Please submit your application no later than 22 October 2020, using a fully completed application form, for which you can find the template on this page.

The auditions will be held on Wednesday 2 December (pre-selection and first round) and Thursday 3 December 2020 (final round).

Compulsory repertoire:
– Mozart, Concerto KV 218 1st movement with cadenza, or Mozart, Concerto KV 219 1st movement with cadenza;
– Choice of violin concerto Tchaikovsky, Sibelius or Brahms (1st movement with cadenza):
– Movement from a string quartet, yet to be determined, in which you will play alongside other members of the orchestra;
– orchestral parts, yet to be determined.

The selection panel reserves the right to make a pre-selection from those submitting written applications. An application interview will be part of the application process, which may also include a trial. For any further information about the process, feel free to contact Sana van Iddekinge (Head of P&O), at or +31(0)70 880 0299.|

Other information
To be eligible for this position, you must hold a valid and unrestricted work and residence permit for the Netherlands if you are from a country outside the EU. We will ask for a Certificate of Conduct [Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag (VOG)] on making the appointment.