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About Nesko

The Nesko
The Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra (Nesko) was founded in October 1964 to offer students the opportunity of playing in a chamber orchestra.
Each year, 40 or so ambitious students from Dutch universities are selected by means of auditions to form Nesko and play music on a high level. Led by a renowned conductor, Nesko dedicates itself for a full two weeks to their program, which was carefully created by the Nesko-board and the conductor. As is the tradition, Nesko is happy to be able to offer a stage to young talent. Every year, a young, promising musician plays solo, accompanied by the orchestra. In previous years, Nesko has played with Maria Milstein, Niek KleinJan and Lidy Blijdorp (amongst others). Furthermore, in addition to the program comprised of renowned works, the orchestra performs a brand-new piece, written especially for Nesko by a young Dutch Composer. This is a great experience for both the orchestra and the composer, giving the composer the chance to work with a chamber orchestra and the orchestra the chance to work closely with the composer of the music they are playing.

Nesko kicks off with a rehearsal week in Idskenhuizen, a small town in the Dutch province Friesland. This week is followed by a tour through the Netherlands, with performances in six of the Dutch student cities. Each concert is capped off for both orchestra and audience in a local bar or café. The members of the orchestra spend the night at different host families. The high level of playing and originality are prime markers of the Nesko, leading to a reputation of quality and authenticity. In short, Nesko prides itself in being a platform for young, enthusiastic musicians to immerse themselves in the world of music!

The board
The Nesko is organized every year by enthusiastic students, who are advised by a visiting committee. The current board is be formed by:

Lily Jalink

Chairwoman 

voorzitter@nesko.nl 

Sarah Verbandt

Secretary
secretaris@nesko.nl

Willem Kroese
Treasurer
penningmeester@nesko.nl

Linda Groenendijk 

Orchestra commissioner

orkestchef@nesko.nl

Romy Both

Public Relations 

perschef@nesko.nl 

Committee of Recommendation

mr. H.M. Bergmann

mayor of Middelburg

 

drs. H.M.F. Bruls

mayor of Nijmegen

 

drs. H.J.J. Lenferink

mayor of Leiden

 

J.M. Penn-te Strake

mayor of Maastricht

 

G.J.M. van Rumund

mayor of Wageningen

 

mr. J.H.C. van Zanen

mayor of Utrecht

 

drs. F. Halsema

mayor of Amsterdam

 

mr. K. F. Schuiling

mayor of Groningen

 

prof. dr. ir. K.I.J. Maex

rector magnificus University of Amsterdam

 

prof. dr. V. Subramaniam

rector magnificus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

 

prof. dr. ir. F.P.T. Baaijens

rector magnificus Technical University Eindhoven

 

prof. mr. dr. C.J.J.M. Stolker

rector magnificus and chairman of board of directors Leiden University

 

prof. dr. J.H.J.M. van Krieken

rector magnificus Radboud University

 

dr. C.P. Boele

chairman of board of directors Hogeschool of Arnhem and Nijmegen (HAN)

 

prof. dr. H. Kummeling

rector magnificus Utrecht University

 

prof. dr. H.H.A. van den Brink

dean of University College Roosevelt and professor Politics and Social Philosophy at Utrecht University 

 

prof. dr. C. Wijmenga

rector magnificus Groningen University

Committee of Recommendation

 

 

drs. H.J. Pijlman

chairman of the board of directors of the Hanzehogeschool Groningen

 

prof. dr. ir. A.P.J. Mol

rector magnificus Wageningen University & Research

 

J.L. Dane

chairman of the board of directors of the HZ University of Applied Sciences

 

prof. dr. Jan Brinkhof

emeritus professor Utrecht University and lawyer in Amsterdam

 

prof. dr. F.P. van Oostrom

Professor at Utrecht University

 

 

mr. Jaap van Zweden

conductor Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, violinist

 

mr. Jurjen Hempel

conductor

 

mr. Arjan Tien

conductor Marinierskapel der Koninklijke Marine and teacher Hogeschool Maastricht

 

ms. Annett Andriesen

opera singer, former director International vocal competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch and former teacher at the Conservatory of Amsterdam

 

ms. Candida Thompson

violinist and artistic leader of Amsterdam Sinfonietta

 

mr. Edwin Rutten

author and singer

 

mr. dr. Jan Terlouw

author, fysisist and politicus

 

mr. prof. mr. dr. M.J. Cohen

chairman Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF, former mayor of Amsterdam, former deputy minister of education and justice, former member of the Dutch parliament

 

mr. Wim T. Schippers

artist

 

mr. Joop van Zijl

journalist and presentator

 

ms. Marieke van Merriënboer

director of Parnassos Cultural centre Utrecht

 

dhr. I. van Kalmthout

director Stichting ’s-Hertogenbosch Muziekstad

Lunch concerts
Apart from the six evening concerts, nesko also gives several ‘lunch concerts’ each year. These lunch concerts consist of chamber music in smaller ensembles formed by members of the orchestra.
The lunch concerts are held in locations as a prison, a psychiatrical institution and a school with special education with the aim of bringing classical music to an audience that isn’t usually in the position to go to a concert. During the rehearsal week, the members of the orchestra receive personal coaching from the conductor and other professional musicians to reach a high level of music. The lunch concerts always turn out to be a very special experience for both the audience and the orchestra members. In addition to this form of social involvement, the Nesko traditionally supports Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF every year by collecting money for this foundation during the concerts.

Do you want the orchestra members of the Nesko to organize a concert at your institution? Please contact our orchestra chef via orkestchef@nesko.nl!

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