Principal Viola (60%)

The NNO has a vacancy for the following position:

Principal Viola (60%)

Audition date: 18 April 2019
Closing date for applications: 28 February 2019
Starting date: As soon as possible

Applicants should:

  • be an exceptional soloist.
  • preferably have leadership experience.
  • be able to lead the viola section (including guest players), to guide and motivate the players.
  • be able to assist the management when required, in artistic or personnel matters regarding the viola section or the whole orchestra.
  • be a team player who feels at home in a symphony orchestra.
  • have a positive, studious and flexible attitude.

Terms of employment

  • The contract is initially for a probationary period, which can be extended, becoming a permanent position if both parties are in agreement.
  • 60% contract comprising 85% playing (=51%), the remainder to be used for tasks as section leader.
  • Required to play on a lower seat, if necessary.
  • Salary: scale 3 as in the Dutch Orchestras’ Collective Labour Agreement.
  • Contribution to the ABP Pension Fund is compulsory.

Selection Procedure

  • There are three parts to the selection procedure. Firstly an audition is held to assess if the candidate has the required artistic qualities to be considered for the position. Secondly, an interview takes place in which the candidates affinity with the orchestra, his/her social, leadership skills and qualities will be discussed and assessed. Finally, part of the selection procedure consists of assessing the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses giving clarity to expectations of the leadership role.
  • Applications should be sent in writing (by email) and should include a motivation letter along with a Curriculum Vitae.
  • Applicants should be either EU citizens or in possession of unrestricted Dutch work and residence permits. 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 28 February 2019.

Compulsory works

  1. Karl Stamitz Concerto in D with Meyer Cadenza (first movement).
  2. Bartók Concerto for Viola edition Primrose/Serly (the full first movement).
  3. Orchestral works.

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

Further information

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 Aaltje Wouda, NNO Auditions Secretary.

Contact details:
email :
telephone : +31 (0)50 3695800

The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NNO)

The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NNO) is a forward-thinking symphony orchestra based in Groningen. The orchestra performs adventurous new programs, as well as traditional symphonic repertoire at the highest level. The NNO believes that nothing surpasses a live classical music concert, where there is essential communication existing between the orchestra and its audience.

The NNO performs regularly throughout the three northern Dutch provinces in concert halls, at outdoor events and festivals, and for school children. The orchestra also travels to other venues around the country such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam and TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.

Antony Hermus is at present the Principal Guest Conductor, with Stefan Asbury as Honorary Conductor and Michel Tabachnik fulfilling the position of Conductor Emeritus. We have been privileged to work with leading conductors such as Viktor Liberman, Jean Fournet, Han-Na Chang, Stefan Vladar, Alexander Verdernikov and Susanna Mälkki, and international soloists including Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Vadim Repin, Louis Lortie, Shlomo Mintz and Alexander Gravylyuk. The NNO regularly features contemporary composers: Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Steve Vai have all performed their music in Groningen.

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