The orchestra

In 2013 a group of friends came together in the east of the Netherlands to perform some music under the baton of a young conductor-to-be, not knowing they would become a household name in the world of Dutch project orchestras. Each summer, dozens of talented students and graduates of Dutch conservatoires still travel east to take part in the Netherlands Symphony Project (NeSP). Within a week a full symphonic concert programme is rehearsed and brought to the public during several concerts in some of the most beautiful concert halls in the Netherlands. In this way, NeSP offers participating musicians the chance to get acquainted with some of the masterpieces of the symphonic repertoire and to gain experience in orchestral playing at a high level.
The Netherlands Symphony Project collaborates with various soloists. This can be renowned musicians with a leading role in the classical music scene or inspiring young talents at the brink of an (inter)national carreer. In previous projects the NeSP accompanied, amongst others, Gregor Horsch (cello), Elvira van Groningen (violin), Mees Vos (french horn) and Thomas Beijer (piano).
Apart from collaborations with soloists, the NeSP works together with artists of other disciplines like dance, visual arts or poetry. In this way the orchestra aims to make its classical concerts more easily accessible and more appealing to a varied public.
Since its foundation the Netherlands Symphony Project is lead by Pim Cuijpers: he co-founded the orchestra and is still closely tied to it as artistic leader and conductor.