The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NNO) is an adventurous and leading symphony orchestra, not afraid to tread off the beaten path without losing its main focus: keeping the symphonic repertoire alive by playing exciting and well-crafted programmes. The NNO is convinced that the secret to the intense experience of classical music houses in live performance of the orchestra and the contact between musicians and audience.
The NNO resides in Groningen en is firmly connected to the three northern provinces in The Netherlands. It enjoys seeking out its audience in the concert halls, the open air, during festivals and on schools. In addition, the NNO frequently performs elsewhere in the country, with venues such as The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, De Doelen in Rotterdam and TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht.
From the concert season 2017/2018 onward, Antony Hermus will be permanent guest conductor at the orchestra. Stefan Asbury is honorary conductor at the orchestra. Michel Tabachnik is conductor emeritus from august 2015 onward at the NNO. Prominent conductors such as Viktor Liberman, Jean Fournet, Han-Na Chang, Stefan Vladar, Alexander Vedernikov and Susanna Mälkki have conducted the NNO in the past. The orchestra collaborates with international soloists including Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Vadim Repin, Louis Lortie, Shlomo Mintz and Alexander Gavrylyuk.
At the same time, the NNO pays tribute to prominent, contemporary composers. Terry Riley, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Steve Vai all came to the city of Groningen to listen to or participate in performances of their music.