Vacancy: Associate Concertmaster

We are seeking highly qualified candidates to audition for the following position:

Associate Concertmaster (75%)
Date of employment will be determined in mutual agreement.

Auditions for this positions will be held on:
Wednesday 25 October and Thursday 26 October 2017 (starting at 13.30)

Required repertoire:
– A choice of Mozart, Violin Concerto no. 3 (KV 216), no. 4 (KV 218) or no. 5 (KV 219), 1st movement with cadenza;
– A choice of a romantic Violin Concerto (Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky. Sibelius or Mendelssohn), 1st movement with cadenza;
– J.S. Bach, Tempo di Borea from Partita no. 1 for solo violin.

We ask candidates to be open to authentic playing styles and contemporary music, or show willingness to acquire specific skills in those fields if necessary. It is of importance that, in addition to concert activities, there is interest to participate in our education- and outreach program as well as additional activities essential for an up to date orchestra enterprise.

The Associate Concertmaster is jointly responsible for the realisation of the orchestra’s artistic ambitions, motivates and inspires colleagues, and acts as (conversational) partner for them. He or she supports the First Concertmaster in performing his task and is able to fulfill duties on the first chair.

The audition committee reserves the right to make a pre-selection from the written applications. A job interview (after successful audition) is part of the procedure.

Please note: If you are a citizen of a non-EU country, you must have a permanent (‘onbeperkt geldig’) residence permit for the Netherlands to be invited for an audition.

Application is open until the 3rd September 2017 through the application form which can be requested from Lorraine Décombe ( For information about the vacancy, please contact Lorraine Décombe at the above email address.

Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated.

Residentie Orkest The Hague is one of the most innovative orchestra’s in the Netherlands and demonstrates more than ever that symphonic music is still meaningful to large and diverse audiences in the 21st century. The orchestra’s home venue is the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. From 2020 the orchestra will be housed in a brand new education and culture complex in the heart of The Hague. In addition to the symphonic canon, the orchestra also creates special cross-over productions in The Hague’s pop venue Paard throughout the season, making the orchestra appealing to students and young professionals as well. Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various other major concert halls at home and abroad. Principal conductors are Jan Willem de Vriend (untill summer 2019) and the young Englishman Nicholas Collon, who will be Chief Conductor and artistic advisor from summer 2018. From summer 2019, Richard Egarr will be Principal Guest Conductor.

Residentie Orkest is renowned throughout the region of The Hague . The orchestra takes part in many important high-profile events, including the annual Speech from the Throne and Festival Classique. During holidays and other festive occasions, the orchestra celebrates with people across the region by performing various special concerts. There are also many prolific collaborations with a wide range of local partners, including the Dutch National Theatre, Paard, Gemeentemuseum and The Hague African Festival, as well as with the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, Dutch National Opera and the NTR Saturday Matinee.

The orchestra’s ambitions are spearheaded by a proactive education policy. Its educational projects involve over 31,000 contact moments with school children annually, which makes  Residentie Orkest The Hague the driving force behind music education in the region. Numerous special activities have been developed for both primary and secondary schools.