Royal Concertgebouworkest

The Royal Concertgebouworkest (RCO) was founded in 1888 on the occasion of the inauguration of the Amsterdam Concert Building. Since its 100th birthday in 1988, it has carried the attribute “royal” in its name — Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the patron. The first principal conductor was Willem Kees, who handed on his post to Willem Mengelberg in 1895. Mengelberg shaped the orchestra through five decades and established the great Mahler tradition. After World War II, Eduard van Beinum first took over as conductor; he was followed by Bernard Haitink (1961-1988), Riccardo Chailly (1988-2004), Mariss Jansons (2004-2015), and Daniele Gatti (2016-2018). Such famous composers as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss have conducted the orchestra on several occasions. Today, the RCO continues to collaborate regularly with contemporary composers, whose works it premieres. Each season, the orchestra performs over 90 concerts in Amsterdam, in addition to around 40 performances on tours around the world. For example, a major tour of Asia under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev is planned for the fall of 2021. More than 1,100 LP recordings, CDs, and DVDs, which since 2004 have also been released on the in-house label RCO live, document their artistic work. Through the RCO Academy and the youth orchestra RCO Young, which was founded in 2019, the orchestra is committed to young musicians. The RCO is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science; the City of Amsterdam; and sponsors, foundations, and patrons from around the world. Most of its budget, however, is derived from ticket sale income.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 3 September 1972 in a program of music by Stravinsky and Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under Bernard Haitink.

July 2021

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