Talent development

The NBE has already encouraged thousands of children and young people to compose their own music and make music together! The education programme ranges from introducing children to music to coaching young top talent. The essence is making music yourself, as a composer and/or as a player.

For over 20 years, the young composers’ competition “On the way to the New Year’s Concert” has been a household word, with a different theme every year and under the motto “anything goes and anything is possible, as long as you’ve created it yourself”. The young composers’ competition was the start and became the basis of a comprehensive talent development programme for young (top) talent. Four young talent-ensembles are now active, rising in age group and level.

Young Composers’ Competition

Young composers’ competition
On the way to the New Year’s Concert

The annual “On the way to the New Year’s Concert” young composers’ competition, open to talent aged 18 and younger, has proved its success time and again. What could be better than creating your own music and then performing it together with world-class musicians in a packed concert hall? The NBE annually receives submissions from 100-150 young (sometimes very young) composers, and the competition has served as a springboard for some heavyweight talent in the Netherlands.

On New Year’s Day, the competition’s winners will be performing their works together with the NBE at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw – a performance that will undoubtedly be spectacular. The process leading up to the New Year’s Day concert is long and protracted: after preliminary concerts – which more often than not are spectacular – with jongNBE (the ensemble’s youth division), 24 winners team up with an experienced arranger to arrange their work for the ‘grown-up’ NBE. At the festive (and exciting) composers weekend in December they will perform their piece together with the NBE at four concert venues in different parts of the country. Who will go on to the Finals and who will end up creating the winning composition to be performed at the New Year’s Day Concert?

You can now SIGN UP for the edition of 2024! (registration form in Dutch)
Deadline: Monday October 9th

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Thanks to the support of funds and sponsors, we can continue the extensive learning programme for talented young musicians.

Established several years ago, the jongNBE is an ensemble comprised of the best Dutch and foreign students enrolled at music convervatories in the Netherlands who have the opportunity to be part of the young Netherlands Wind Ensemble, known as ‘jongNBE’, for a 2-year period. The ensemble, which includes 10 musicians (flute, hobo, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, saxophone, trombone/bass trombone, percussion and double bass/bass), is coached by experienced musicians from the NBE. Playing in the jongNBE offers young musicians a fantastic learning path in ensemble playing, programming and presentation. The jongNBE is the breeding ground of the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.

The jongNBE accompanies young composers during the showcases of the young composers’ competition “On the way to the New Year’s Concert” and plays its own programmes throughout the Netherlands. Amongst others, the jongNBE performed during the Grachtenfestival, in Ramses’ Night at the DeLaMar Theatre, at Vroege Vogels in Park de Hoge Veluwe, during the lunch concerts in Het Concertgebouw, played at the Uitmarkt, at Opium on NPO Radio4, during the Oranjewoud Festival, at the Hockey World Cup, at the Cello Biennale and in the Holland Opera productions The Day After and STYX at Fort Rijnauwen.

jongNBE 2022-2023

Anna May van der Feen flute | Maud Busschers oboe | Jaime Pena Martinez clarinet | Maria Losada Burgo bassoon | Lisa Schreiber saxophone | Christian Fisalli french horn | Lenart Zih trumpet | Joan Gimeno trombone | Anneke Attema double bass | Mark Boessenkool percussion


The NBE launched the initiative of three wind ensembles featuring talented young musicians from different regions of the Netherlands, aged 15-20:
– jongNBEnoord (North)
– jongNBEoost (East)
– jongNBEwest (West)

The ensembles consist of 10 advanced amateurs or beginning conservatory students. Their ambition is to make music together at a high level and in an exciting way. Besides playing a broad repertoire of music, you will learn a lot in a short time about presentation and communication while making music.
Each ensemble has its own NBE coach and works in three or four intensive rehearsals towards three concerts, one of which together with the NBE and two concerts at their local venue. JongNBEregionaal has a wide repertoire ranging from classical masterpieces to adventurous contemporary (pop) music.

Auditions are open to anyone aged 15 to 20 playing the flute, hobo, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, saxophone, trombone/bass trombone, percussion or double bass/bass and with enough ambition to want to perform at a professional level and at high-profile, exciting venues.

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