Vacancy Concertmaster Enschede


Het Gelders Orkest and Orkest van het Oosten

As of 1 September 2019, Het Gelders Orkest and Orkest van het Oosten are coming together to form one organisation. From the 2020-2021 season, we will continue under the name Phion – the Orchestra of Gelderland and Overijssel. The orchestra is rooted in this region and will work from two locations: Arnhem and Enschede. With 128 permanent musicians, we form the largest professional Symphony orchestra in the Netherlands. Our ambition is to become one of the most innovative and prominent orchestras in the Netherlands in the 2021-2024 arts and culture funding period, performing at the highest artistic level.

Our goal is to reach as many people as possible with live symphonic music through extensive and very diverse programming. From the large symphonic repertoire to small-scale productions, from the popular repertoire to exciting crossovers, an educational production or a new concert formula at a special location. We will continue to innovate and look for innovative concepts in collaboration with (regional) partners and producing institutions such as: opera, dance, (youth) theatre.

As a member of our orchestra, you work from one of the two locations, but you will also regularly rehearse and perform in the other location and play throughout Gelderland and Overijssel and beyond. The personal portfolio gives you the space and freedom to use your own initiative.

Het Gelders Orkest and Orkest van het Oosten are looking for:

1st Concertmaster | Enschede

The vacancy is for the position of the 1st Concertmaster in Enschede. As the 1st Concertmaster, you will lead the first violin section and the other section leaders. You will also have co-responsibility for our artistic ambitions together with the leader based in Arnhem. You are also expected to engage actively in consultations (e.g. art committees) and you will be the discussion partner for management concerning any questions relating to artistic or personal issues.

You are an excellent violinist with distinguished solo qualities. You inspire your orchestra with your communication and leadership skills, and you create synergy, both musically and among the group members themselves. You have a positive attitude and are focused on enhancing and maintaining the orchestra’s mutual collaboration, connection, and development in close cooperation with the (chief)conductor, director, and artistic manager.

Audition: 17 March 2020 in Enschede
Location: Muziekcentrum Enschede
Closing date: 14 February 2020


1st round
Solo concert: 
Mozart 4 or 5 (1st movement with cadence)

Orchestral parts
Tuttis from: 
W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 39 (2 fragments from the slow and the last movements) 
J. Brahms – Symphony No. 1, fourth movement, 2 fragments
R. Strauss – Don Juan

J. S. Bach – St Mathew Passion, both solos
N. Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade solo beginning of the 1st movement

2nd round:
Solo concert:
Choice from: Brahms, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch (1st movement with cadence)

Orchestral parts:
Tuttis from:
G. Mahler – Symphony No. 3, 2nd movement 2, numbers 14-18, including solo
R. Schumann – Symphony No. 2, Scherzo
M. Ravel – La Valse
S. Prokofiev – Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, numbers 1-12

J. Haydn – Symphony No. 103
L. v. Beethoven – Missa Solemnis
J. Brahms – Symphony No. 1
R. Strauss – Ein Heldenleben
N. Rimsky-Korsakov – various solos from Scheherazade
G. Mahler – Symphony No. 3, 1st movement, numbers 39-40
D. Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, solo from the first and second movements
M. Ravel – Ma mère l’oye

* Orchestral fragments will be supplied by the orchestra.
Candidates who are directly permitted to play in the second round, have to prepare also the repertoire of the first round.

Terms of Employment

  • An employment contract for an indefinite period of time with a probationary period of 1 or 2 years;
  • Terms of contract, playing obligations, and remuneration in consultation;
  • The position is in Enschede (occasionally in Arnhem).

Selection procedure

  • If necessary, a pre-selection will be made based on the written applications; 
  • Candidates from a non-EU country must be in possession of a valid work and residence permit for the Netherlands and are requested to include this permit with their application;
  • Selection will take place on the basis of an audition. If a candidate is nominated by the audition committee, there will be a selection interview. This involves looking at the knowledge, skills and personality required for this position; 
  • Date of employment: to be discussed.

Before 14 February 2020 via: application form

Extra information
The audition will take place in Enschede.

For more information about the audition procedure, please contact Marij van der Meij: For more information about the employment terms, please contact Angela de Jong, via