Who we are

About the Residentie Orkest

1904 - Foundation

The birth of the Residentie Orkest


On the afternoon of Sunday 20 November 1904, founder Henri Viotta conducted the first official performance of the Residentie Orkest at the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen.

The lawyer, conductor, composer and conservatoire director had spent twelve years advocating the importance of music in society and forming a first-class orchestra in The Hague.

The programme included Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. This photo shows the orchestra on its tenth anniversary.

1938 - Top musicians

Top musicians to The Hague


After a number of financially difficult years, the Residentie Orkest entered a golden age. In the summers, top musicians would travel to Scheveningen to perform with the orchestra at the Kurzaal.

Composers such as Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók came to conduct their own works. Guest conductors included Georg Szell, Bruno Walter, Antal Doráti and Hans Knappertsbusch.

Pictured here is Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini leading the orchestra at the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen (1938).

1947 - Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein


In 1947, just after World War II, the Residentie Orkest co-organised a one-time summer festival called High Arts in the Low Lands, the precursor of the annual Holland Festival.

In the same year, Leonard Bernstein – only 29 years old – made his Dutch orchestra debut with the Residentie Orkest. He memorably filled in for the soloist at the last minute, playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G while conducting from the piano.

1963 - Van Otterloo

Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo


Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo and the Residentie Orkest were a perfect match. In the many years under his leadership, the orchestra earned a reputation for combining outstanding performance with innovative programming. He also introduced regular concerts for children in The Hague.

Van Otterloo gained international recognition with his extensive concert tours, including a US tour in 1963. His vinyl recordings of 125 compositions with the Residentie Orkest are still relevant today.

1987 - Spuiplein

Spuiplein


After the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen burned down in 1964, the Residentie Orkest moved from venue to venue for years. The new Nederlands Congresgebouw turned out to be a less than ideal home for the orchestra, and the idea of building its own concert hall arose. To pay for it, the orchestra organised fundraising campaigns like the Bouw Mee concerts.

In September 1987, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the Dr. Anton Philipszaal. She attended the opening concert led by chief conductor Hans Vonk, featuring works such as Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps.

2021 - Anja Bihlmaier

Chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier


Following in the footsteps of renowned conductors like Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Järvi and Nicholas Collon, Germany's Anja Bihlmaier became chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in 2021.

Bihlmaier is considered a rapidly rising star in the international conducting world. In her first season, she conducted works such as Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Verdi's impressive Requiem.

2021 - Amare

Amare


In 2015, the orchestra moved again, to the temporary Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. Construction began on a new home for the Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Stichting Amare on Spui.

This beating heart of The Hague's cultural life, named Amare, was completed in autumn 2021. It was opened by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Its Concert Hall seats 1,500 people.

1904 - Foundation

The birth of the Residentie Orkest


On the afternoon of Sunday 20 November 1904, founder Henri Viotta conducted the first official performance of the Residentie Orkest at the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen.

The lawyer, conductor, composer and conservatoire director had spent twelve years advocating the importance of music in society and forming a first-class orchestra in The Hague.

The programme included Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. This photo shows the orchestra on its tenth anniversary.

1938 - Top musicians

Top musicians to The Hague


After a number of financially difficult years, the Residentie Orkest entered a golden age. In the summers, top musicians would travel to Scheveningen to perform with the orchestra at the Kurzaal.

Composers such as Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Béla Bartók came to conduct their own works. Guest conductors included Georg Szell, Bruno Walter, Antal Doráti and Hans Knappertsbusch.

Pictured here is Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini leading the orchestra at the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen (1938).

1947 - Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein


In 1947, just after World War II, the Residentie Orkest co-organised a one-time summer festival called High Arts in the Low Lands, the precursor of the annual Holland Festival.

In the same year, Leonard Bernstein – only 29 years old – made his Dutch orchestra debut with the Residentie Orkest. He memorably filled in for the soloist at the last minute, playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G while conducting from the piano.

1963 - Van Otterloo

Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo


Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo and the Residentie Orkest were a perfect match. In the many years under his leadership, the orchestra earned a reputation for combining outstanding performance with innovative programming. He also introduced regular concerts for children in The Hague.

Van Otterloo gained international recognition with his extensive concert tours, including a US tour in 1963. His vinyl recordings of 125 compositions with the Residentie Orkest are still relevant today.

1987 - Spuiplein

Spuiplein


After the Gebouw voor Kunsten & Wetenschappen burned down in 1964, the Residentie Orkest moved from venue to venue for years. The new Nederlands Congresgebouw turned out to be a less than ideal home for the orchestra, and the idea of building its own concert hall arose. To pay for it, the orchestra organised fundraising campaigns like the Bouw Mee concerts.

In September 1987, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands opened the Dr. Anton Philipszaal. She attended the opening concert led by chief conductor Hans Vonk, featuring works such as Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps.

2021 - Anja Bihlmaier

Chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier


Following in the footsteps of renowned conductors like Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Järvi and Nicholas Collon, Germany's Anja Bihlmaier became chief conductor of the Residentie Orkest in 2021.

Bihlmaier is considered a rapidly rising star in the international conducting world. In her first season, she conducted works such as Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Verdi's impressive Requiem.

2021 - Amare

Amare


In 2015, the orchestra moved again, to the temporary Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. Construction began on a new home for the Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Conservatoire The Hague and Stichting Amare on Spui.

This beating heart of The Hague's cultural life, named Amare, was completed in autumn 2021. It was opened by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. Its Concert Hall seats 1,500 people.

"The score, telling the musical story – it's everything to me. Because it doesn't need any words, music is an endless source of inspiration and imagination."

- Wouter Vossen - concertmaster

Meet the Orchestra

Lucian-Leonard Raiciof
Concertmaster
Wouter Vossen
Concertmaster
Ilya Warenberg
1st Violin
Associate concertmaster
Pieter van Loenen
1st Violin
Associate concertmaster
Naomi Bach
1st violin
Alexandra Bons
1st violin
Orges Caku
1st violin
Yuki Hayakashi
1st violin
Agnes Houtsmuller
1st violin
Momoko Noguchi
1st violin
Mara Oosterbaan
1st violin
Francisca Portugal
1st violin
Pieter Verschuijl
1st violin
Myrte van Westerop
1st violin
Justyna Briefjes
Principal
2nd violin
Gerard Spronk
Principal
2nd violin
Remus Rimbu
2nd violin
Associate Principal
Barbara Krimmel
2nd violin
Ben Legebeke
2nd violin
Abel Rodriguez Garcia
2nd violin
Sergiy Starzhynskiy
2nd violin
Cato Went
2nd violin
Diederik van Wassenaer
2nd violin
Hannah Strijbos
Principal
Viola
Timur Yakubov
Principal
Viola
Jacomine Punt
Viola
Associate Principal
Moira Bette
Viola
Jan Buizer
Viola
Elisabeth Runge
Viola
Tanja Trede
Viola
Iteke Wijbenga
Viola
Roger Regter
Principal
Cello
Gideon den Herder
Principal
Cello
Iedje van Wees
cello
Associate Principal
Justa de Jong
Cello
Miriam Kirby
Cello
Tom van Lent
Cello
Sven Weyens
Cello
Frank Dolman
Principal
Double Bass
Jorge Hernàndez
Double Bass
Jos Tieman
Double Bass
Astrid Schrijner
Double Bass
Martine van der Loo
Principal
Flute
Eline van Esch
Principal
Flute
Dorine Schade
flute
Rieneke Brink
flute
Roger Cramers
Principal
oboe
Bárbara Patrício
Principal
oboe
Hilje van der Vliet
oboe
Alexander van Eerdewijk
althobo
Hans Colbers
Principal
clarinet
Arno Stoffelsma
Principal
clarinet
Jasper Grijpink
clarinet
Dorian Cooke
Principal
bassoon
Gretha Tuls
Principal
bassoon
Erik Reinders
bassoon
Simon Vandenbroecke
bassoon
René Pagen
Principal
Hoorn
Ron Schaaper
Principal
Horn
Liz Hunfeld-Chell
Horn
Mariëlle van Pruijssen
Horn
Mirjam Steinmann
Horn
Erwin ter Bogt
Principal
Trumpet
Robert-Jan Hoffman
Trumpet
Timothy Dowling
Principal
Trombone
Arno Schipdam
Principal
Trombone
Wouter Iseger
Bass trombone
Elias Gustafsson
Principal
Tuba
Martin Ansink
Principal
timpani and percussion
Chris Leenders
Principal
timpani and percussion
Murk Jiskoot
Principal
timpani and percussion
Mathilde Wauters
Principal
Principal Harp

Meet the Staff

Sven Arne Tepl
General & Artistic Director / Director
Miranda van Drie
Business Director
Jolita Juffermans
Board & Management Assistant
jolita.juffermans@residentieorkest.nl
Sana van Iddekinge
Head of Staff & Organisation
sana.van.iddekinge@residentieorkest.nl
Marie-Noëlle Spaan
Management Assistant
marie-noelle.spaan@residentieorkest.nl
Sebastiaan van Kempen
Administrative Assistant
Patrick Kockelkoren
Manager of Artistic Affairs
patrick.kockelkoren@residentieorkest.nl
Harm Jan Schwantje
Orchestra Inspection Team Leader
Evelien van der Weijden
Producer/Orchestra inspector
evelien.vanderweijden@residentieorkest.nl
Nadia Frissen
Producer & Assistant Orchestra Inspector
nadia.frissen@residentieorkest.nl
Albert Scholte
Stagehand/Technical Affairs Coordinator
albert.scholte@residentieorkest.nl
Gijs Oudshoorn
Stagehand
gijs.oudshoorn@residentieorkest.nl
Jos van den Bogert
Librarian
Ruth van de Putte
Head of Education
ruth.vandeputte@residentieorkest.nl
Marieke Meliesie
Education Officer
marieke.meliesie@residentieorkest.nl
Wenny Roeffen
Education Officer
wenny.roeffen@residentieorkest.nl
Maaike van der Wel
Producer Education & Symphony 2030
maaike.vanderwel@residentieorkest.nl
Linda Grau
Head of Marketing & Communications
linda.grau@residentieorkest.nl
Maartje Verhoeven
Campaign Marketer
maartje.verhoeven@residentieorkest.nl
Annemieke Quast
Campaign Marketer
annemieke.quast@residentieorkest.nl
Jan Jaap Zwitser
Content Marketer
jan.jaap.zwitser@residentieorkest.nl
Nick van Silfhout
Online Marketer
nick.vansilfhout@residentieorkest.nl
Raymond Soerodikromo
Digital Marketing Specialist
raymond.soerodikromo@residentieorkest.nl
Sarah Kriek
Development & Relations Officer
sarah.kriek@residentieorkest.nl
Annelise Reid
Development & Relations Officer
annelise.reid@residentieorkest.nl
Nathan Westland
Trainee Development & Relations
nathan.westland@residentieorkest.nl
Voline van Teeseling
fundraiser
voline.vanteeseling@residentieorkest.nl
Michiel Hazeleger
Head of Finance
michiel.hazeleger@residentieorkest.nl
Lizette ten Katen-Brak
Finance Officer
lizette.tenkaten@residentieorkest.nl
Céu Lopes
Financial Administration Officer
ceu.lopes@residentieorkest.nl

A place where talent thrives

Would you like to be part of our talented orchestra? We are regulary on the lookout for new talent!