The NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, founded in 1957, offers a stage to young top talent aged 18 to 26 years. This makes it a stepping stone to a professional career for conservatoire students. Each year, NJO organises several large projects in which young musical top talent plays the leading part. During the summer project of NJO, young international musicians work with well-known coaches, conductors and soloists on a wide range of classical music. The results of this work are performed during the NJO Muziekzomer Gelderland (the next edition will take place between 30 July and 15 August 2021). The concerts of this festival take place at remarkable locations throughout the Dutch province of Gelderland, including Apeldoorn, Nijmegen, Nunspeet, Ede and Arnhem. Following the NJO Muziekzomer Gelderland, NJO will go on an (international) tour.
Every winter NJO organises a Winter Tour in which NJO musicians perform a large orchestral work and often a work with a famous soloist, always under the direction of a renowned conductor. During the Winter Tour the orchestra visits the larger concert halls in the Netherlands.
NJO works with internationally renowned top conductors and soloists. Antony Hermus is artistic adviser and regular guest conductor of the orchestra. NJO orchestras and ensembles have previously been conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Iván Fischer, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, Oliver Knussen and many others. Soloists that the NJO has performed with include Nino Gvetadze (piano), Hannes Minnaar (piano), Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Lucas Jussen (piano), Harriet Krijgh (cello), Alexander Romanovsky (piano), Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Rosanne Philippens (violin) and Claron McFadden (soprano).
NJO is part of the National Youth Orchestras of the Netherlands (NJON). Ewout van Dingstee is the artistic director of NJON.
The upcoming concerts of NJO can be found in the upcoming events.