Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (NedPhO; Dutch: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest) is a Dutch symphony orchestra based in Amsterdam.


The NedPhO was formed in 1985 from the merger of three orchestras: the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Utrecht Symphony Orchestra Utrecht and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (Dutch: Nederlands Kamer Orkest, NKO) continues to give concerts under its own name, with both it and the NedPhO as part of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation (Stichting Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest), which is headquartered in Amsterdam. The NedPhO Foundation comprises the largest orchestra organisation in the Netherlands, with 130 musicians on staff.

Since 2012, both the NedPhO and the NKO rehearse at the NedPho Koepel, a former church converted into a dedicated rehearsal space in eastern Amsterdam. The NedPhO gives concerts in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw. In addition, the NedPhO currently serves as the principal orchestra for productions at Dutch National Opera (DNO). The NedPhO had given a concert series at the Beurs van Berlage until 2002, when budget cuts led to the end of that series. Since 2005-06, the NedPhO also gives a series of concerts at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in Utrecht.

The chief conductor of the NedPhO also serves as chief conductor of the NKO. Hartmut Haenchen was the first chief conductor of the NedPhO, from 1985 to 2002. He continues to work with the orchestra as a guest conductor. Yakov Kreizberg succeeded Haenchen as chief conductor of the NedPhO and the NKO in 2003, holding both posts until his death in March 2011,[1] the year that he had been scheduled to step down from both posts. In March 2009, the NedPhO announced the appointment of Marc Albrecht as the orchestra's third chief conductor, effective with the 2011-2012 season, for an initial contract of 4 years.[2] With Albrecht's parallel appointment as chief conductor of DNO, this arrangement allows for the NedPhO to serve as the principal opera orchestra for DNO.[2][3] In May 2016, the NedPhO announced the extension of Albrecht's contract through the 2019-2020 season.[4] Albrecht concluded his chief conductorships of the NedPhO and the NKO at the close of the 2019-2020 season.[5]

In February 2018, Lorenzo Viotti first guest-conducted the NedPhO. In April 2019, the NedPhO announced the appointment of Viotti as its next chief conductor, effective with the 2020-2021 season.[6]

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has made a number of recordings for Pentatone,[7][8] ICA Classics, Tacet, Brilliant Classics and others.

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  1. ^ "The conductor Yakov Kreizberg has died". Gramophone. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
  2. ^ a b Merlijn Schooneboom (2009-03-26). "Albrecht nieuwe dirigent opera en NedPhO". de Volksrant. Retrieved 2009-04-03.
  3. ^ Peter van der Lint (2009-03-28). "Richard Strauss levert opnieuw een dubbele chef op". Trouw. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  4. ^ "Marc Albrecht verlengt contract tot en met seizoen 2019-2020" (Press release). Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. 9 May 2016. Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  5. ^ "Marc Albrecht verlaat Amsterdam in 2020" (Press release). Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  6. ^ "Lorenzo Viotti nieuwe chef-dirigent bij het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest en De Nationale Opera" (Press release). Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. 24 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ Andrew Clements (2013-05-22). "Gustav Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  8. ^ Andrew Clements (2013-12-11). "Schreker: Der Schatzgräber – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-01.

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