Concertgebouworkest Young | 4 – 21 August 2022 | The Netherlands

Concertgebouworkest Young is the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest’s new and international youth orchestra. It consists of young talented European musicians between fourteen and seventeen years old and reflects the diversity of Europe.

This youth orchestra is intended for hidden talent: young talented musicians that could need some extra support in their music careers and who help us represent the diversity manifest within European countries.

The third edition of Young will take place from 4 until 21 August 2022, in Akoesticum, Ede (The Netherlands). The online auditions will be open from 8 November 2022.

Applicants can apply with standard symphonic instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute / piccolo, oboe / cor anglais, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, timpani and percusison.

At the Young summer camp they participate in an intensive programme of group practice, orchestra rehearsals, chamber music, coaching sessions and workshops led by professional workshop leaders, and classes given by members of the Concertgebouworkest. At the conclusion of the programme they play concerts under the direction of world famous conductors at The Concertgebouw and at another famous concert hall in Europe.

Participation is free, and travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed.

Each young musician should be recommended by a “nominator” who is for example a music teacher, or the director of a local youth orchestra, school band or ensemble, and who knows the young musician well. The nominator will write a recommendation for the person he or she nominates. If you want to nominate a hidden talent, please send an email to with the name and email address of the young musician. RCO will send him or her the link to ‘Acceptd’ where the application can be made.

Applications for the auditions for the RCO Young summer camp are being accepted until 7 February 2022.

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The Concertgebouworkest views the development of top talent as of the utmost importance. In addition to that, with Young the Orchestra aims to stimulate personal development, a strong sense of community and a democratic mindset. A special program is designed in collaboration with the United World Colleges Nederland. This new youth orchestra will serve as a bridge between society and a top-level cultural institute.

Young is an offshoot of RCO meets Europe, the ambitious tour undertaken by the Concertgebouworkest through all member states of the EU between 2016 and 2018. During this tour the Orchestra played a piece together with a local youth orchestra (Side by Side) in each country which resulted in close ties with young musicians all across Europe. This unique concept will continue to take shape in Young and subsequently resonate through the wider community. The young musicians will become ambassadors, taking the ideas behind Young – talent development, diversity and the connection with society – with them to their respective home countries.