The Amsterdam Young Philharmonic (AYPhil) is a youth orchestra which plays the great symphonic repertoire to a remarkably high standard. It gives three or four full-scale concerts each year, with the venue and programme decided by the members themselves. All are aged between 12 and 18. Musicians from NedPhO|NKO coach the young players to bring out their full potential. The conductor of AYPhil is János Konrad, NedPhO’s principal viola.
As Corine Haitjema, co-founder of AYPhil, explains: “When you have been attending private music lessons for several years, playing in an orchestra alongside people of your own age is the ultimate reward for all that effort. Making music becomes a social activity, while it is also an opportunity to explore the symphonic repertoire ‘from the inside’. We want all young people in Amsterdam to experience the joy of cycling to a rehearsal with your instrument on your back, to join seventy others who are just as enthusiastic as you are. It is an experience that will stay with you for life.”