Vacancy Principal Double Bass (75%)

Residentie Orkest The Hague, one of the leading and most innovative orchestras in the Netherlands, is more than ever before proving the importance of symphonic music in the 21st century. Currently the orchestra is presenting concert series in the Zuiderstrandtheater before moving into the new state of the art educational and cultural complex in the heart of The Hague in 2021. In addition to the core symphonic repertoire, the orchestra also performs newly written works and cross-over programmes. With an average of 90 performances it can be heard in major concert halls both in the Netherlands and abroad. Nicholas Collon is the current chief conductor and artistic adviser, while Richard Egarr acts as principal guest conductor.

Residentie Orkest The Hague maintains a high-profile presence in the city providing an extensive cutting edge educational programme. The orchestra has an established involvement in such important events as the annual Troonrede, or King’s Speech. The orchestra also celebrates major public holidays alongside the population of The Hague and surrounding area, with concerts at Christmas, New Year, King’s Day and other national events. Collaborations with local and national partners such as the Dutch National Theatre, Festival Classique, Paard, Royal Conservatory, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Saturday Matinee concert series are just as important.

The ambitions of the orchestra are spearheaded by its educational policy. Every year, more than 30,000 school children get involved in the educational projects, placing the Residentie Orkest The Hague at the forefront of music education in The Hague. The orchestra has developed an educational programme for all ages and deploys extensive outreach activities to contribute to social cohesion in the city.

Residentie Orkest The Hague is currently seeking applications for the position

Principal Double Bass (75%)

The position
The double bass section currently consists of one principal, one sub-principal and four tutti players. We are now seeking an additional principal, who will play first as well as second chair position alternating with the current principal. You will also be working within the context of educational and outreach activities and performances in smaller settings.
Requirements for the position
It goes without saying that you will be a distinguished double bass player. We ask for an open attitude towards authentic performance styles as well as contemporary music. We accept players using either French or German bows. You possess the leadership qualities that will allow you to inspire the section and create synergy, both musically and within the group as a whole. You will contribute towards the orchestra’s overall quality and you will be involved in literally “setting the tone” for the orchestra. You will find it enjoyable and of importance to also cooperate in educational and outreach settings, as well as ensemble work. 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 1 November 2019, in the format of a fully completed application form, for which you can find the template on the bottom of this page. A link to a recent, representative video clip with your own choice of repertoire would be helpful.
The auditions (preliminary, first and final rounds) for this position will be held on 10 December.

Compulsory works:
– K.D. von Ditterdorf: Double Bass Concerto no. 2 in E major, first movement with cadenza by H.K. Gruber and second movement (without cadenza);
– G. Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto no. 2 in B minor, first movement with cadenza and second movement;
– chamber music, yet to be determined (will be asked for in the final round);
– orchestral parts yet to be determined.

The audition must be played in orchestra tuning.
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 P&O), at or +31(0)70 880 0229.
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. You can find more information about Residentie Orkest on our website at