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 is Nil Venditti. The 24-year-old Italian-Turkish conductor will assist Marc Albrecht in his final year as chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Nil Venditti is currently working on her Master’s degree in conducting at Zürich University of the Arts. She is also proving increasingly popular as a guest conductor for a range of orchestras. Venditti will soon make her debut with Musikkollegium Winterthur and will be returning to the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bilkent Symphony to open the Bodrum Festival. She will also debut with Camerata Salzburg alongside pianist and composer Fazil Say. At the age of 20, Nil Venditti won the Premio Claudio Abbado for young musicians in 2015. In 2017 she was awarded one of the top prizes and the orchestra award at the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest with the Orchestra Filarmonica George Enescu. As former lead cello in the Santa Cecilia Youth Orchestra in Rome, Venditti has received coaching and support from such leading names as Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi and Neeme Järvi. She has been selected to participate in the Gstaad Conducting Academy under the supervision of Manfred Honeck in the summer of 2019.