Vacancy for Deputee Concertmaster (75%)

Residentie Orkest The Hague, one of the most innovative orchestras in the Netherlands, is more than ever before proving the importance of symphonic music for a large and wide audience, even in the 21st century. Since the summer of 2015, the orchestra has been giving concerts in the Zuiderstrandtheater and will be based in the new educational and cultural complex in the heart of The Hague from 2021. As well as the symphonic canon, the orchestra also regularly performs cross-over programmes at the Paard venue, which attract mainly students and young professionals.  The orchestra appears in nearby cities such as Leiden and can be heard on many major concert platforms at home and abroad. The resident conductors at the moment are Jan Willem de Vriend (until the summer of 2019) and Nicholas Collon, who is the new principal conductor and artistic adviser from the summer of 2018. Richard Egarr will be the orchestra’s principal guest conductor from the summer of 2019.

Residentie Orkest The Hague maintains a prominent presence in the city, playing open air concerts and providing educational projects at innumerable schools. The orchestra is firmly involved  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 and New Year and on King’s Day. Collaborations with local and national partners such as the Dutch National Theatre, Festival Classique, Paard, Dutch National Opera, the Dutch National Opera Academy and the Saturday Matinee concert series are equally important.

Residentie Orkest The Hague’s ambitions are spearheaded by its educational policy. Every year, more than 30,000 school pupils get involved in the educational projects, putting the orchestra at the forefront of musical education in The Hague. The orchestra has developed an educational and outreach programme for all ages, providing a major contribution to social cohesion in the city.

Residentie Orkest The Hague has an immediate vacancy for

Deputee Concertmaster (75%)

The position

As deputee concertmaster, you will be partially responsible for realising the orchestra’s artistic ambitions and you will readily be able to motivate and inspire your colleagues. You will also be a point of contact for them. You will support the concertmaster in the performance of his or her work and will also be comfortable occupying the first chair. You must have the flexibility to undertake educational projects and stage presentations 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 should find it enjoyable and important to cooperate in educational and ensemble projects alongside your podium activities. You will be a positive and engaged team player with well-developed flexibility and diplomacy.

Applications and procedure

Please submit your application no later than 17 January 2019, in the format of a fully completed application form, for which you can find below.

The auditions for this position will be held on Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 February 2019 between 13.00 hours and 17.00 hours. Compulsory works:

– Mozart: 1st movement, with cadenza, from either Violin Concerto 4 (K.218) or 5 (K.219)

– Choice of romantic concerto (1st movement with cadenza): Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius or Mendelssohn

– Tempo di Borea from Partita 1 for solo violin by J.S. Bach

– 1st violin part from Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet in Bb major, op. 76 no. 4, (to be played by the final audition candidates with members of Residentie Orkest The Hague)

– orchestral excerpts yet to be determined

The selection committee reserves the right to make a pre-selection from those who submit written applications. An application interview will be part of the selection process. You may obtain further information about the procedure by contacting Lorraine Décombe, administration employee, at  lorraine.decombe@residentieorkest.nl or (070) 880 0224.

Additional 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 further information about Residentie Orkest The Hague on our website at www.residentieorkest.nl.