Unique in the World
Welcome to the website of the Dutch National Student Orchestra (NSO). Every year this orchestra is composed of students from all Dutch universities who are being selected by auditions. For these students, the NSO represents a unique chance of performing like a professional musician. In February they all quit studying their usual subjects, and instead they will rehearse for ten consecutive days to be able to, during the concerts, perform on a very high level.
The NSO is a guarantee for a lively and high-quality performance. Ever since its founding in 1952 the NSO has been supported by the Dutch royal family and various prominent Dutch classical artists like Janine Jansen, Theo Olof, Emmy Verhey and Liza Ferschtman.
After ten days of rehearsing, the program will subsequently be performed in all major Dutch concert halls, a tour which traditionally ends with a performance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. After the concert tour in the Netherlands, the orchestra travels abroad to perform another two concerts
In 2014, the NSO will go on his 62th tour with an amazing programme under the inspiring direction of conductor Jurjen Hempel. For this tour, the orchestra will perform works of Sjostakovitsj, Elgar and Kadar. The complete programme is as follows:
Matthias Kadar Comissioned composition
Edward Elgar Sea Pictures (soloist: Barbara Kozelj)
Sjostakovitsj Symphony No. 10
The movie shown below shows the Dutch National Orchestra playing
Richard Strauss' 'Ein heldenleben' during their 2011 tour.