National Youth Orchestra

The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands was founded in 1957. It offers young talented musicians between 18 and 27 years old the opportunity to perform orchestral and chamber music at a (pre)professional level. For instance during the NJO Summer Festival, an annual festival involving the most beautiful locations in the province of Gelderland, and during the NJO Winter Tour, when the orchestra travels to the best concert halls in the country. Read more >>

"Playing with the Youth Orchestra was literally life changing for me. It meant the world."

Former participant

NJO returns from a great winter tour 2024!

NJO met Martin Sieghart in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

NJO conducted by Martin Sieghart at Tivoli Vredenburg Utrecht

The NJO just rounded of a wonderful invernal concert tour that brought the 88 young musicians to major Dutch concert halls playing Bruckner's Ninth Symphony and accompanying Harriet Krijgh in the cello concerto of Elgar. Highlight of the tour was without doubt the final concert in the Viennese Musikverein. Inspired by Austrian conductor Martin Sieghart (a.o. the former principal conductor of Het Gelders Orkest) the musicians engaged profoundly with Bruckner and his world.

Coming up for the NJO is a captivating summer program, Dutch conductor and NJO artistic advisor Antony Hermus will team up with pianist Boris Giltburg in a Roukens - Rachmaninov - Stravinsky trilogy. Concerts will be at Muziekzomer Gelderland, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Konzerthaus Berlin.

If you'd like to audition for NJO, there will be new auditions in the autumn of 2024 for our projects in 2025. 

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3 August 2022

Bluebards Castle sold out

De first concerts of the NJO summer projects during the Muziekzomer have taken place

NJO Tubakwartet speelt in de Hortus Nijmegen

13 May 2022

Summer programme NJO now available

From chamber music ensemble to full-blown opera production: the musicians of the National Youth Orchestra will bring five different programmes this…

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