Principal Cello (70%) - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Principal Cello (70%) - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Closing date: March 24, 2023 | Auditions: April 28, 2023

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the most versatile orchestras in the Netherlands. It plays the great symphonies of composers such as Mahler and Brahms as well as operas by R. Strauss and Wagner. The orchestra excels in the style of the late romantic and early twentieth century and is renowned for its high level. The Royal Concertgebouw is the home venue for varied concert programming. For over 30 years, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the primary orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera and is considered one of the best opera orchestras in Europe. From 2021-2022 season, the orchestra will open a new chapter with Lorenzo Viotti as the new chief conductor. In season 2022-2023 the orchestra will be touring together with its new chief to Wenen, Parijs, Hamburg and München. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra is, along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, part of Stichting Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest.


We are looking for a versatile colleague who ensures excellent performances on (inter)national concert stages and at the opera whilst mastering a broad repertory. You have a professional and flexible work ethic and radiate enthusiasm on every stage. As a member of the orchestra, you will also contribute to our educational projects and social activities. All employees have a talent for harmonious teamwork and possess good communication skills. Foreign colleagues are expected to become proficient in the Dutch language within a short timeframe.

Alongside their musical responsibilities, section principals make an active contribution to the management of the orchestra. They lead sectional rehearsals, encourage a collegial working relationship with the section and between the other sections and are also the link between individual players and management. The principal cellist will occasionally play on the second chair.

String players have a permanent position with one of the two orchestras. This vacancy is for a position in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. In the interest of the organization, you can occasionally be required to play with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.


The selection consists of two parts. The artistic selection takes place through the audition. Secondly, on a later date an interview takes place regarding the candidate’s affinity with the NedPhO|NKO to establish whether knowledge, skills and personality match the demands of the job. Based on this, a recommendation will be made to the management. We expect candidates to be available to start the trial period within a few month time after the audition.

Obligatory works

The repertoire and obligatory orchestra excerpts will soon be published on our website and Muvac.


We want everyone to enjoy classical music. This requires a diverse and inclusive organization: we subscribe the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie. We therefore invite all interested parties to respond.

Application and job conditions

Applying for this vacancy is only possible via the website of Muvac until the indicated closing date.

Please note that only correctly and fully completed Muvac applications will be taken into consideration by the selection committee. We would like to invite candidates to upload recent videomaterial of their own choice with the Muvac application so we can get an impression of the candidate already. In your application in Muvac you have the option of uploading recent video material.

For further information about the vacancy please contact Carolien Rijkmans (020-5217543 or

The selection committee reserves the right to make a pre-selection based on written information. Date of commencement of employment for the mentioned position will be decided by mutual agreement. The salary is in accordance with the national regulations of Dutch Orchestras, which you can find on, the website of the association of Dutch Orchestras.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is March 24, 2023.