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"The only truth is music." - Jack Kerouac

Residentie Orkest The Hague proves that even in the 21st century, symphonic music can still be meaningful to large and diverse audiences. Its reputation as one of the finest orchestras in Europe makes it an appropriate figurehead for The Hague as a cosmopolitan city of justice, peace, and culture. The orchestra performs concert series in the Zuiderstrandtheater in Scheveningen and in addition performs at venues such as Concertgebouw Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht and De Doelen in Rotterdam. Special crossover and innovative productions are also provided at The Hague’s prominent pop venue Paard van Troje throughout the season. The Residentie Orkest performs regularly at various other major concert halls abroad. Tours have brought the orchestra to New York, Boston, Chicago, London and Vienna amongst others and the orchestra also performed in countries like Japan, China, Germany, France and South America. There are also many prolific collaborations with a wide range of partners, including the Dutch National Theatre, Gemeentemuseum and the Dutch National Opera. Recent seasons have seen a much acclaimed production of Messiaen’s rarely performed opera Saint François d’Asisse and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites.

A rich history Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest has developed into one of the prominent symphony orchestras of The Netherlands. Founded by Dr Henri Viotta, who was also its first principal conductor, it quickly attracted composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d’Indy. Guest conductors included Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.

After World War II, Willem van Otterloo was appointed chief conductor. He led the orchestra from 1949 to 1973 and built a strong reputation by combining high-quality performances with adventurous programming. Van Otterloo was succeeded by Jean Martinon, Ferdinand Leitner, Hans Vonk, Evgenii Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi. 

Chief conductor Starting season 2018/2019 Nicholas Collon is chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Residentie Orkest. Richard Egarr will join the orchestra as principal guest conductor in 2019. Until the summer of 2019 Jan Willem de Vriend will act as principal conductor.

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Stories of Change
Roos Meijer | Residentie Orkest the Hague
Symphonic Stories
Fay Claassen | Residentie Orkest the Hague
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 4 Symphony No. 5 D. 485 | Symphony No. 6 D. 589
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Live at Gnawa Festival
Shakuar | Residentie Orkest the Hague
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 3 Symphony No.9, D.944
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Complete Works for Piano Trio (box set)
Van Baerle Trio
Complete Works for Piano Trio vol. 5
Van Baerle Trio | Residentie Orkest The Hague
Ma France - Chansons Symphoniques
Philippe Elan / Residentie Orkest the Hague / Jurjen Hempel
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 2 Symphony No.1, D.82 / Symphony No.3 D.200 / Symphony No.8 D.759
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
The Complete Symphonies Vol. 1 Symphony No. 2 D. 125 / Symphony No. 4 D. 417
Residentie Orkest The Hague / Jan Willem de Vriend
Entangled Tales
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra / Het Gelders Orkest / Residentie Orkest The Hague
Serenade no. 1 / Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Residentie Orkest The Hague
The Original Recordings 1951-1966
Willem van Otterloo
The Original Recordings 1950-1960
Willem van Otterloo / The Hague Philharmonic (Residentie Orkest)
Peter en de Wolf & Het Olifantje Babar
Frank Groothof / Residentie Orkest The Hague