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About the Residentie Orkest

1904 - Establishment

The start of the Residentie Orkest


The official launch date of the Residentie Orkest was on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1904, when founder Henri Viotta raised his baton in the Building for Arts & Sciences.

By then, the lawyer, conductor, composer and conservatory director had been dedicating twelve years to the impact of music on society and the need for an exceptional orchestra in The Hague.

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

1938 - Top musicians

Top musicians to The Hague


After several difficult (financial) years, a golden age is dawning for the orchestra, especially artistically. Especially during the summers in the Kurzaal, it works with top musicians who travel to Scheveningen.

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

Pictured is Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini in front of the orchestra at the Building for Arts & Sciences (1938).

1947 - Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein


In 1947, just after World War II, a one-time summer festival is organized in part by the Residentie Orkest under the title High Arts in the Low Lands, precursor to the Holland Festival.

In that year there is also the newly 29-year-old Leonard Bernstein who made his Dutch orchestra debut with our orchestra. Not only that, he replaced the soloist at the very last moment by playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G while conducting from the grand piano.

1963 - Van Otterloo

Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo


For years, chief conductor Willem van Otterloo and the Residentie Orkest have been an excellent combination. He manages to build a special reputation by linking high playing quality to adventurous programming. He is also known for his many school concerts for the youth of The Hague.

Van Otterloo also made a name for himself internationally with extensive concert tours, including the United States in 1963. An extensive, still up-to-date collection of gramophone records with 125 compositions also saw the light of day under Van Otterloo.

1987 - Spuiplein

On the Spuiplein


After the Building for Arts & Sciences burned down in 1964, Residentie Orkest roamed the city for years. Housing in the new Congress Building proves less than optimal and soon the plan ripens to build its own concertzaal . To pay for this hall, the orchestra starts its own fundraising campaigns, such as the famous Bouw Mee concerts.

In September 1987, Queen Beatrix opened the Dr. Anton Philipszaal and during the opening concert, conducted by chief conductor Hans Vonk, listened to Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps, among others.

2021 - Anja Bihlmaier

Chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier


After such principal conductors as Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Järvi and Nicholas Collon, Germany's Anja Bihlmaier will be appointed principal conductor of the Residentie Orkest in 2021. Bihlmaier is considered a rapidly rising star in the international conducting world. In her first season, she will conduct Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Verdi's impressive Requiem, among other works.

2021 - Amare

Amare


In 2015, Residentie Orkest will move again, to the temporary Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. On the Spui a new accommodation for Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Amare Foundation is being built.

In the fall of 2021, this new culture house, attractively named Amare, will be ready for occupancy and will be opened by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The new Concertzaal has space for 1,500 visitors.

1904 - Establishment

The start of the Residentie Orkest


The official launch date of the Residentie Orkest was on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20, 1904, when founder Henri Viotta raised his baton in the Building for Arts & Sciences.

By then, the lawyer, conductor, composer and conservatory director had been dedicating twelve years to the impact of music on society and the need for an exceptional orchestra in The Hague.

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

1938 - Top musicians

Top musicians to The Hague


After several difficult (financial) years, a golden age is dawning for the orchestra, especially artistically. Especially during the summers in the Kurzaal, it works with top musicians who travel to Scheveningen.

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

Pictured is Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini in front of the orchestra at the Building for Arts & Sciences (1938).

1947 - Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein


In 1947, just after World War II, a one-time summer festival is organized in part by the Residentie Orkest under the title High Arts in the Low Lands, precursor to the Holland Festival.

In that year there is also the newly 29-year-old Leonard Bernstein who made his Dutch orchestra debut with our orchestra. Not only that, he replaced the soloist at the very last moment by playing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G while conducting from the grand piano.

1963 - Van Otterloo

Chief conductor Willem van Otterloo


For years, chief conductor Willem van Otterloo and the Residentie Orkest have been an excellent combination. He manages to build a special reputation by linking high playing quality to adventurous programming. He is also known for his many school concerts for the youth of The Hague.

Van Otterloo also made a name for himself internationally with extensive concert tours, including the United States in 1963. An extensive, still up-to-date collection of gramophone records with 125 compositions also saw the light of day under Van Otterloo.

1987 - Spuiplein

On the Spuiplein


After the Building for Arts & Sciences burned down in 1964, Residentie Orkest roamed the city for years. Housing in the new Congress Building proves less than optimal and soon the plan ripens to build its own concertzaal . To pay for this hall, the orchestra starts its own fundraising campaigns, such as the famous Bouw Mee concerts.

In September 1987, Queen Beatrix opened the Dr. Anton Philipszaal and during the opening concert, conducted by chief conductor Hans Vonk, listened to Ravel's Second Suite from Daphnis et Chloé and Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps, among others.

2021 - Anja Bihlmaier

Chief conductor Anja Bihlmaier


After such principal conductors as Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden, Neeme Järvi and Nicholas Collon, Germany's Anja Bihlmaier will be appointed principal conductor of the Residentie Orkest in 2021. Bihlmaier is considered a rapidly rising star in the international conducting world. In her first season, she will conduct Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Verdi's impressive Requiem, among other works.

2021 - Amare

Amare


In 2015, Residentie Orkest will move again, to the temporary Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen. On the Spui a new accommodation for Residentie Orkest, Nederlands Dans Theater, Royal Conservatory The Hague and the Amare Foundation is being built.

In the fall of 2021, this new culture house, attractively named Amare, will be ready for occupancy and will be opened by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The new Concertzaal has space for 1,500 visitors.

"The score, telling the musical story, that means everything to me. Because no words are needed, it is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and imagination."

- Wouter Vossen - concertmaster

Meet the orchestra

Lucian-Leonard Raiciof
Concertmaster
Wouter Vossen
Concertmaster
Ilya Warenberg
1st Violin
Deputy concertmaster
Pieter van Loenen
1st Violin
Deputy concertmaster
Naomi Bach
1st violin
Orges Caku
1st violin
Yuki Hayakashi
1st violin
Agnes Houtsmuller
1st violin
Alexandra Bons
1st violin
Momoko Noguchi
1st violin
Mara Oosterbaan
1st violin
Francisca Portugal
1st violin
Jan Paul Tavenier
1st violin
Ronald Touw
1st violin
Pieter Verschuijl
1st violin
Justyna Briefs
Leader
2nd violin
Remus Rimbu
2nd violin
Deputy captain
David Bellido Herrero
2nd violin
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
Leader
Viola
Timur Yakubov
Leader
Viola
Jacomine Point
Viola
Deputy captain
Moira Bette
Viola
Jan Buizer
Viola
Elisabeth Runge
Viola
Tanja Trede
Viola
Iteke Wijbenga
Viola
Roger Regter
Leader
Cello
Gideon den Herder
Leader
Cello
Justa de Jong
Cello
Miriam Kirby
Cello
Tom van Lent
Cello
Sven Weyens
Cello
Frank Dolman
Leader
Double Bass
Roelof Meijer
Double Bass
Deputy captain
Jos Tieman
Double Bass
Deputy captain
Astrid Schrijner
Double Bass
Jasper Tjallingii
Double Bass
René Pagen
Leader
Horn
Ron Schaaper
Leader
Horn
Elizabeth Chell
Horn
Mariëlle van Pruijssen
Horn
Mirjam Steinmann
Horn
Floris Onstwedder
Leader
Trumpet
Robert-Jan Hoffman
Trumpet
Timothy Dowling
Leader
Trombone
Arno Schipdam
Leader
Trombone
Elias Gustafsson
Leader
Tuba
Martine van der Loo
Leader
Flute
Eline van Esch
Leader
Flute
Dorine Damage
flute
Roger Cramers
Leader
oboe
Bárbara Patrício
Leader
Hobo
Hilje van der Vliet
oboe
Theo Peeters
oboe
Hans Colbers
Leader
clarinet
Arno Stoffelsma
Leader
clarinet
Jasper Grijpink
clarinet
Dorian Cooke
Leader
bassoon
Gretha Tuls
Leader
bassoon
Erik Reinders
bassoon
Simon Vandenbroecke
bassoon
Martin Ansink
Leader
timpani and percussion
Chris Leenders
Leader
timpani and percussion
Murk Jiskoot
Leader
timpani and percussion
Mathilde Wauters
Leader
Leader Harp

Get to know the staff

Sven Arne Tepl
General & Artistic Director / Director
Miranda van Drie
Business Director
Ninke Baerwaldt
assistant board & management
ninke.baerwaldt@residentieorkest.nl
Sana van Iddekinge
Head of Personnel & Organization
sana.van.iddekinge@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
Orchestra Messenger/Coordinator of Technical Affairs
albert.scholte@residentieorkest.nl
Gijs Oudshoorn
Orchestra Messenger
gijs.oudshoorn@residentieorkest.nl
Jos van den Bogert
Librarian
Ruth van de Putte
Head of Education
ruth.vandeputte@residentieorkest.nl
Marieke Meliesie
Employee Education
marieke.meliesie@residentieorkest.nl
Wenny Roeffen
Employee education
wenny.roeffen@residentieorkest.nl
Maaike van der Wel
Producer Education & Symphony 2030
maaike.vanderwel@residentieorkest.nl
Linda Grau
Head of Marketing and 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
Anne Kruiter
Online Marketer
anne.kruiter@residentieorkest.nl
Moniek Valstar
Online Marketer
moniek.valstar@residentieorkest.nl
Inge Kluin
Manager of Development & Relations
inge.kluin@residentieorkest.nl
Sarah Kriek
Employee Development & Relations
sarah.kriek@residentieorkest.nl
Teun van Roosmalen
Employee Development & Relations
teun.vanroosmalen@residentieorkest.nl
Voline van Teeseling
fundraiser
Michiel Hazeleger
Head of Finance
michiel.hazeleger@residentieorkest.nl
Lizette ten Katen-Brak
Employee Finance
lizette.tenkaten@residentieorkest.nl
Céu Lopes
Employee Financial Administration
ceu.lopes@residentieorkest.nl

The place for talent

Would you like to be part of our talented orchestra? We are regularly looking for new talent!