Associate 1st Concertmaster / 2nd Concertmaster (80 – 100%)

The Northern Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NNO) is a versatile and leading symphony orchestra that explores new paths in special programs based on the following: performing and developing the symphonic repertoire at a high level.

The NNO is the orchestra of the three northern provinces in the Netherlands and has Groningen as its location. The orchestra performs in concert halls, at outdoor events, schools and other locations. The orchestra also travels to other venues around the country such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

As a symphony orchestra we bring with great pleasure as many people as possible into contact with classical music. This automatically means that we value a diverse workforce. It is precisely the diversity in the orchestra community, the quality of the musicians and of the programming that makes the NNO a special orchestra.

Starting this season Eivind Gullberg Jensen is the Chief Conductor of the NNO. Principal Guest Conductors are Hartmut Haenchen and Antony Hermus. Michel Tabachnik fulfills the position of Conductor Emeritus.

The NNO is currently comprised of 75 musicians. For more information please visit


The NNO has a vacancy for the following position:

Associate 1st Concertmaster / 2nd Concertmaster

(75 – 100%)

2nd and 3rd seat


Job profile

As Associate 1st Concertmaster / 2nd Concertmaster you are also responsible for the realization of the NNO’s stage ambitions and you know how to motivate and inspire colleagues. You support the Concertmaster in performing its task and you are also able to function in the first seat. You are interested in educational and ensemble activities.

You distinguish yourself as a violinist and you have solo playing qualities. Experience on this seat is a plus. You are open to both symphonic repertoire and genre-transcending programming. You are a positively committed team player with good communication skills and an enthusiastic appearance on stage.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile and do you want to be part of a contemporary orchestra with a diverse programming, then we look forward to receiving your application.

Audition date                            : February 13, 2023

Closing date for applications     : January 2, 2023

Starting date                            : As soon as possible


Compulsory works 

  1. W.A. Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D KV 218 or No. 5 in A KV 219 – 1st movement with cadenza.
  2. 1st Movement with cadenza from one of the following Violin Concertos: Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky or Sibelius.
  3. Orchestral works.

Those candidates invited to audition will be notified of the required orchestral works.

Terms of employment

  • The contract is initially for a probationary period, becoming a permanent position if both parties are in agreement.
  • Contract size: minimum 75% and maximum 100% based on the candidates preference.
  • Salary: scale 3 as in the Dutch Orchestras’ Collective Labour Agreement, which can be found at, the website of the Association of Dutch Orchestras.
  • Contribution to the ABP Pension Fund is compulsory.

Job application and information

The selection procedure contains an audition followed by an interview. An assessment can be part of the selection procedure.

Applications should be sent in writing (by email) and should include a motivation letter along with a Curriculum Vitae. The auditions are only open to EU citizens and citizens from Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein, or other musicians already holding a non-temporary residence permit for the Netherlands with full work authorization. Selection for the audition will be made based on the written applications. The application, along with proof of nationality and copies of work and residence permits where required, must be received by January 2, 2023.

The audition will take place in Groningen. For further information regarding terms of the contract please contact Hedi Boersema, NNO HR Advisor. For more information regarding the audition procedure please contact Erica Weijer, NNO Auditions Secretary.

Contact details:

email                :

telephone         : +31 (0)50 3695800