Principal Percussion (85%) - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Principal Percussion (85%) - Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Closing date: March 30, 2022| Auditions: The main audition will be held on May 5, 2022. The day before – on May 4, 2022 – a pre-audition will be organized.

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra are one of the most versatile orchestras in the Netherlands and put on operatic and concert productions at the highest artistic level. The two orchestras are for more than 30 years the principal partner of Dutch National Opera and are internationally considered one of the best operatic orchestras. As of season 2021-2022 Lorenzo Viotti will be the new chief conductor of the NedPhO|NKO. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra works at concerte productions usually without a conductor and is then led by musical leader Gordan Nikolić. The Royal Concertgebouw is the home of a varied concert programme. The orchestras combine artistic excellence with hospitality and a program for a wide audience. With programmes focused on education and the development of talent, it invests in the future of classical music. 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.


Percussionists play for the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and for the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, according to the requirements of the operas or concert works to be performed.

Audition and selection

The main audition for the two positions of principal percussion will be held on May 5. A pre-audition will be organized on May 4. Some percussionists will be invited to play on May 4 to qualify for the main audition on May 5. Other percussionists will be invited to participate directly in the main audition without the pre-audition round.


During the main audition on May 5 the artistic selection takes place. At a time to be determined later 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

Obligatory works

The repertoire and obligatory orchestra excerpts will soon be published on this 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.


The auditions are only open to EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein, or other musicians already holding a non-temporary residence permit for the Netherlands with full work authorization.

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 appreciate it if candidates upload some recent videos of their own choice 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 30, 2022.