Principal Viola (63%)

Principal Viola (63%)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is a unique orchestra with a rich history. It has a concert series at the Royal Concertgebouw and is the principal partner of Dutch National Opera. In addition, the orchestra receives invitations to play on stages both in the Netherlands and abroad. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is an inspired collective with an expressive way of playing. The orchestra creates unique interpretations through its core values: intensive teamwork and open communication. Gordan Nikolić is musical leader of the orchestra and leads the orchestra from the concertmaster chair in repertoire spanning centuries. Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn form the hart of its repertoire, but every year the orchestra commissions various young composers as well. At the Dutch National Opera its repertoire centers around Mozart, Belcanto (Bellini, Donizetti) and twentieth century or new music (Raskatov, Benjamin).


The orchestra is also involved in educational and social projects; it’s one of our goal to make classical music accessible to everyone. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is joined by the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra in one organization with beautiful offices and rehearsal spaces in the eastern part of Amsterdam.


The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has a vacancy for:


Principal Viola (63%)


  • Audition date:                                
    25 april 2024
  • Closing date for applications:         
    31 march 2024
  • Obligatory works:                           
    The repertoire and obligatory orchestra excerpts will soon be published on our website (  and Muvac.
  • Location:
    NedPhO-Koepel - Obiplein 4 1094 RB Amsterdam (East)


  • You are versatile and ensure excellent performances on (inter)national concert stages and at the opera whilst mastering a broad repertory. That requires a professional and flexible work ethic. You’re working in a versatile work environment. Besides in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, your annual workload will involve playing chamber music and participating in educational/social projects;
  • You radiate enthusiasm on every stage;
  • You have a talent for harmonious teamwork and possess open communication skills;
  • 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.

Employment conditions

  • You start with a fixed-term employment contract;
  • Contract size is 63%;
  • Salary in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Orchestras, scale 3 (column 110%). The step depends on your years of experience in a professional orchestra;
  • Mandatory participation in the ABP pension fund;
  • Different fees according to collective labor agreement for Dutch Orchestras, which you can find on, the website of the association of Dutch Orchestras;
  • Date of commencement of employment for the mentioned position will be decided by mutual agreement;
  • Unique Opportunity to play in opera’s, symphonic music, chamber music and educational/social projects.
  • A staff association (voluntary participation) that organizes many fun activities such as boat tours in Amsterdam, visiting the local zoo, different workshops and lunch/dinner party’s;

Application and Selection

Please apply for this position on the website of Muvac:


Please make sure your application is complete, since we can only consider fully completed applications. In Muvac you have the option to upload recent video material. If you upload a recent video of your own choice, there is a bigger change we invite you for the audition.


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


For further information about the vacancy please contact us per email via


We want everyone to enjoy classical music. This requires a diverse and inclusive organization: we subscribe the Code Diversiteit & Inclusie.



The selection consists of two parts. The artistic selection takes place through the audition. Secondly 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.