Second Concertmaster (100%)

The NNO has a vacancy for the following position:

Second Concertmaster (100%)

Concerns playing on the 3rd seat, with regularity also on the 2nd seat

Audition date: 19 May 2020
Closing date for applications: 31 March 2020
Starting date: To be agreed

Job profile:
Our orchestra gladly welcomes an excellent violinist with solo qualities. We are looking for a versatile colleague, socially and communicatively skilled, who delivers excellent performance in a broad repertoire.

You have a positive, inquisitive and flexible attitude and you show enthusiasm on stage. You are focused on cooperation and teamwork. You also think it is important to contribute to the further development of our orchestra. Foreign colleagues are expected to master the Dutch language.

If you recognize yourself in the job profile and you want to be part of a contemporary orchestra with a variety of programming, then we would like to receive your application.

Terms of employment:

  • The contract is initially for a probationary period, becoming a permanent position if both parties are in agreement.
  • Required to play 100% of the annual concert programs performed by the NNO. A smaller work size (contract) than 100% is also possible.
  • Salary: scale 3 as in the Dutch Orchestras’ Collective Labour Agreement.
  • Contribution to the ABP Pension Fund is compulsory.

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, Tchaikovsky or Sibelius.
  3. Orchestral works:

J.S. Bach:   Matthäus Passion: Gebt mir meinen Jesum wieder
D. Shostakovitch:   Symphonie No.5 op.47 (solo 2nd movement, from 57)
R. Strauss:   Also sprach Zarathustra (11 bars before No. 31 until No. 38, second line)

R. Strauss:   Don Juan
R. Schumann:   Symphony No. 2 op.61, 2nd movement, until bar 54
F. Mendelssohn:   “Sommernachtstraum” Scherzo, until bar 99
J. Brahms:   Symphony No. 4, 4th movement, bar 33 – 80
L. van Beethoven:   Symphony No. 9, 3rd movement, bar 99 – 114
B. Bartok:   Concerto for orchestra, 1st movement, 76 – 135
G. Mahler:   Symphony No. 9, 4th movement, until bar 27
W.A. Mozart:   Symphony 39, 4th movement, until bar 41

Selection Procedure:

  • There are three parts to the selection procedure:
  1. Audition

An audition is held to assess if the candidate has the required artistic qualities to be considered for the position.

  1. Interview

Secondly, an interview takes place in which the candidates affinity with the orchestra, his/her social skills and qualities will be discussed and assessed.

  1. Leadership qualities

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.
  • 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 31 March 2020.

Further information:
The audition will take place in Groningen. For further information regarding terms of the contract please contact Hedi Boersema, NNO Personnel 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 Northern 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 is the orchestra of the North and has Groningen as its location.
The NNO performs 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 Michel Tabachnik fulfilling the position of Conductor Emeritus. The NNO is currently comprised of 75 musicians. For more information please visit