Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra


Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Since its establishment in 1888 the RCO has gone on to become one of the world's greatest symphony orchestras.

  • Founded in 1888, the Concertgebouw Orchestra quickly established itself as one of Europe’s pre-eminent orchestras. The orchestra received the distinction ‘Royal’ in 1988.
  • The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra consists of 120 virtuosi of the highest calibre, whose task it is to uphold the orchestra’s long-established performance tradition and who come together to give it its unique sound and flexibility. The long-term partnerships the orchestra has enjoyed with each of its chief conductors, of whom there have been only six since the orchestra’s inception, and the unique acoustics of the Concertgebouw have played a major role in this respect.
  • During Willem Mengelberg’s fifty years at the orchestra’s helm, such composers as Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Greats like Serge Rachmaninoff, Béla Bartók and Sergey Prokofiev performed as soloists with the orchestra in performances of their own works.
  • The orchestra’s performances of the late Romantic repertoire have brought it international fame. Its renowned Mahler tradition is rooted in the many performances that Mahler himself conducted here. In addition, Bernard Haitink’s complete recording of the Mahler symphonies and the Christmas Matinee concerts he conducted earned wide acclaim.
  • Over the last few years, the orchestra has collaborated with contemporary music specialists to bring its repertoire up to date and has participated in special projects with artists in such musical disciplines as jazz and popular music.

Did you know?
The Concertgebouw is world-famous for its magnificent
acoustics. It was designed by the architect A.L. van Gendt and was inaugurated on 11 April 1888.

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