It was Bernard Haitink who once praised The Concertgebouw as the best instrument of the orchestra that it houses. That must have been what prominent Amsterdam residents had in mind when they decided in 1881 to gift the capital city with a majestic concert hall. Seven years later, the swampy fields just outside the city limits boasted a wonder of neoclassic architecture, The Concertgebouw. Nowadays, just like the celebrated Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, this fantastic concert hall enjoys worldwide renown.
The famous Amsterdam Philharmonics is called Concertgebouw (translation: Concert Building). It closes the Museumplein from the south-west, facing the Rijksmuseum. The classicist 19 c. building has today a modern annex, with more space for the booking office, cashiers and the reception of the audience. Concertgebouw serves as home to the famous The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as The Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and The Dutch Chamber Orchestra
History of Concertgebouw
Concertgebouw big concert hall – Grote Zaal, is internationally recognized for its exceptional acoustics. The whole building has been completed in 1886, but it had been opened only two years later, when its orchestra conducted by Henri Viotta gave its first concert, on Wednesday 11 April 1888. Since then, the building and the Concertgebouw Orchestra have an uninterrupted reputation among music lovers as of one of the best in the world. The Concertgebouw building received an additional, modern wing and has been thoroughly restored in the years 1982-1995, without an interruption of its concert activity.
Concertgebouw gives multiple series of classical music concerts with the yearly attendance of more than 800 000 spectators, making it second most popular concert hall in the whole world (after the music complex Parco della Musica in Rome).
Apart from the classical music concerts, jazz and world music are held in Concertgebouw, as well as special events - congresses and festive social occasions.