We have developed numerous initiatives in the area of education and development of talent. These are all combined under the name Sinfonietta Academy.
Since 2005 Amsterdam Sinfonietta has collaborated with the Concertgebouw to develop the KleuterSinfonietta concept: productions created for very young children, with the main focus on music for strings. Every year thousands of children attend KleuterSinfonietta performances in the Netherlands. Many of them have their first encounter with classical music there and also see and hear stringed instruments for the first time. The children are actively involved in the performances through playing games, listening, singing along and moving with the music.
IMC on Tour
Since 2020, Amsterdam Sinfonietta has been collaborating with Stichting IMC Weekendschool, within the framework of their programme IMC on Tour. Children aged from 9 to 12 who have recently arrived in the Netherlands follow music workshops given by our musicians, in which they become acquainted with string music repertoire. They work on rhythms and musical notation and participate in games and singing. Despite their limited vocabulary, the children are able to communicate with the musicians very well. The most magical moment is when they are also given the opportunity to hold and play a stringed instrument. During the concluding KleuterSinfonietta performance the children enthusiastically sing along with the songs.
Collaboration with Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam are regular partners, when it comes to nurturing developing talent. Their collaboration gives students from the conservatory string department the opportunity to hone their ensemble-playing skills in an orchestra without conductor. Each year we invite a selection of 8-10 talented students to play in an orchestra project. They receive intensive coaching from the musicians, while participating as fully fledged orchestra members. The young professionals join the orchestra on tour, playing in one or more string works.
Young string players
Amsterdam Sinfonietta is committed to sharing its accrued experience and expertise with upcoming young talent. For this reason, we have intensified our bond with the most talented youth string orchestras in the Netherland: the Netherlands Youth String Orchestra (NJSO) and the Haydn Youth String Orchestra. Our musicians provide support in learning ensemble playing, communication and playing techniques. The Sinfonietta musicians take their places within the orchestra alongside the young players, coaching them in playing together without a conductor.
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