In 2015, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra |Netherlands Chamber Orchestra achieved a long-cherished ambition with the creation of the post of Assistant Conductor. This was made possible by the kind support of Het Kersjes Fonds.
The assistant conductor attends all rehearsals and concerts which are directed by our principal conductor, Marc Albrecht. He is also present for the rehearsals of the section principals, and at Mr Albrecht’s request, may lead the rehearsals of the individual sections of the orchestra. On occasion, the assistant conductor will stand in for the principal conductor during all or part of a full rehearsal. He may also be assigned his own projects. The assistant conductor is appointed for a period of two years.
The current assistant conductor of NedPhO|NKO is Jan Wierzba, who was selected in 2017 from a field of over three hundred candidates. He now enjoys the opportunity to build upon his proven talents.
Wierzba was born in Poland and raised in Portugal, where he began his orchestral conducting studies before going on to obtain a master’s degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. He has served as assistant conductor to the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked alongside renowned conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis and Neeme Järvi. Jan Wierzba has conducted concerts with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música. He is also founder and musical director of Ensemble MPMP.