Assistant Conductor Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

‘The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of Europe’s top orchestras.’

Every year the orchestra performs over 100 concerts, ranging from appearances in Rotterdam to major foreign tours, for audiences totalling more than 150,000 people. The orchestra’s ambition is to bring symphonic music to as broad a public as possible. In addition, the orchestra focuses on adventurous and innovative projects. The orchestra is based in the building ‘de Doelen’ in Rotterdam. For our orchestra we are looking for talented, flexible and committed musicians who work with joy in a changing environment.

The orchestra is organizing an audition in Rotterdam on September 25th, 2018 for a


CONDUCTOR (assistant)


Job description

As an assistant-conductor you will lead technical (group)rehearsals prior to productions of (especially) Lahav Shani, Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. You prepare scores, are in close contact with the concert masters and act as an ‘external ear’ for the conductor. In addition, in consultation with the artistic management, you will conduct various educational projects, family and special concerts, and participate in creating (orchestral) arrangements.



The assistant conductor we seek has excellent technique and a good sense of preparation for technical rehearsals. He/she can communicate well in English and already has experience as (assistant) conductor with a professional symphony orchestra.


The work load will be divided over approximately nine weeks in the 2018-19 season. Fee and compensation for accommodation and travel expenses will be organized in consultation with us. The possibility of an extension with a second season will be discussed during the season 2018-19.


Based on EU law we can only invite applicants from an EU or EEA country or musicians who are in possession of a permanent residence and work permit for the Netherlands.



If you are interested, please fill out the application form and mail this together with a (hidden) YouTube-link of video fragment(s) showing the candidate in rehearsal or performance with an orchestra (minimum 10 minutes) to:, with subject ‘audition assistant conductor’. The selection committee reserves the right to make a pre-selection based on the application forms received before May 1 2018. Finalists chosen by the committee are invited to conduct the Rotterdam Philharmonic in a rehearsal of Prokofiev’s 5th Symphony (1st and 2nd movements) and Bruckner’s 5thSymphony (2nd movement) on 25 September 2018 in de Doelen, Rotterdam.


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