Biography

Het Nederlands Kamerorkest (= Netherlands Chamber Orchestra) was founded in 1955 and gave its first concert that year during the Holland Festival. Szymon Goldberg – the legendary violinist, conductor and pedagogue – was artistic director of the ensemble for the first 22 years. Goldberg then appointed David Zinman as second conductor (alongside himself) and, jointly, they raised the level of the orchestra to equal that of any top international chamber ensemble. They were succeeded in 1979 by Antoni Ros Marbà, who led the orchestra until 1986. From 1986 to 2002, Hartmut Haenchen was chief conductor of the ensemble, with Philippe Entremont as permanent guest conductor.
 
Since 2003, Yakov Kreizberg has been chief conductor of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. In September 2004, top violinist Gordan Nikolić was appointed Artistic Director and Leader of the Nederlands Kamerorkest. As such, he regularly leads the orchestra from within.
 
The Nederlands Kamerorkest gives about 25 concerts per year in the major Dutch concert halls, including the Concertgebouw. Each season, the orchestra also accompanies a number of productions of the Nederlandse Opera at the Muziektheater in Amsterdam. Apart from the many Rossini and Mozart operas, the orchestra has performed numerous contemporary operas to great critical acclaim. For instance, the world-première of Alexander Knaifel’s Alice in September 2001; and the production of Tea by the Chinese/American composer Tan Dun in January 2003 was also a major success. In March 2005, the orchestra accompanied Bellini’s opera Norma, and performances of Rossini’s Il barbiere de Siviglia are scheduled for January 2006. In autumn 2006, the orchestra will accopany the Nederlandse Opera in the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy at the Amsterdam Muziektheater.
 
The Nederlands Kamerorkest has toured extensively to countries such as the United States, Middle and South America, Canada, Australia, Japan, China and almost all European countries. It has performed at many festivals, including the Wiener Festwochen, Prager Frühling, Edinburgh Festival, Granada Festival and La Folle Journée (Nantes 2002).
 
Since its foundation, the Nederlands Kamerorkest has worked with prominent guest conductors such as Darius Milhaud, Rudolf Barshai, Carlo Maria Giulini, Erich Leinsdorf, Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Vonk and Edo de Waart. The numerous world-famous soloists who have performed with the orchestra include Elly Ameling, Maurice André, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alfred Brendel, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Isabelle van Keulen, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Marie-Claire Alain, Han de Vries and Mstislav Rostropovich. During a successful three-year project, Christian Zacharias performed Mozart’s complete piano concertos from behind the piano.
 
The Nederlands Kamerorkest has an extensive repertoire available on CD. Some recordings dating from the LP era – which include a Mozart Piano Concerto featuring Martha Argerich, and Szymon Goldberg’s Bach programmes – have since been re-released on CD for their historic value, and new CD recordings on the PentaTone label are scheduled. (Please surf to www.orkest.nl to view the orchestra’s comprehensive discography.)
During the 2005-2006 season, the Nederlands Kamerorkest celebrated its 50th anniversary with an anniversary concert at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, among others.
 

Discography

Mozart - The Violin Concertos

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Britten, Bartók, Hartmann - Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10

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Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos 3 & 4, Adagio K.261, Ronde K.269

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Mozart - Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5

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Mozart - Serenade in D, KV250"Haffner"

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Mozart - Sinfonia concertante K.364 & Rondo for Violin and Orchestra K.373 & Concertone K.190

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Joseph Haydn - Symphony No. 100 "Military" & Sinfonia Concertante & L'isola Disabitata

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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24

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Franz Schubert - Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

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Mozart - Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27

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