The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and its partner the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra together constitute the non-profit foundation Stichting Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. The two orchestras are the principal orchestras for the Dutch National Opera in its opera house Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam. The orchestras regularly perform classical concerts in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam alongside their operatic commitments; they are welcome guests in other Dutch cities and also make frequent appearances in concert halls and festivals outside of The Netherlands. The NedPhO|NKO brings classical music to life at the highest level and collaborates closely with international musicians and conductors. Both orchestras take great pleasure in developing and welcoming new musical talent. At the beginning of the 2011/2012 season, Marc Albrecht was appointed chief conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; the artistic director and concertmaster of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is master violinist Gordan Nikolić.
Two of NedPhO|NKO’s most important trademarks are their inviting programming and their accessible concert presentation. Everyone feels welcome at a NedPhO|NKO concert, experienced concert-goers and first-timers alike. The musicians guarantee extraordinary concert experiences thanks to the enthusiasm with which they share their passion for music and their exceptional skill with the audience. Their concerts also form the basis for music related events, including opportunities for the audience to meet soloists and orchestral players.
The NedPhO|NKO is well-known for its active involvement in cultural and social matters. Its large-scale educational programme NedPhO GO! brings classical music within everyone’s reach: the performances given in unusual venues in the suburbs are combined with appealing educational activities for children and youngsters and people who would otherwise perhaps not visit a concert hall. The musicians of the NedPhO|NKO acknowledge their responsibility towards the future of classical music by passing on their passion for music to a new generation, making sure their concerts kindle an enthusiasm for classical music amongst the young and the old.