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The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest) is a symphony orchestra from the Netherlands. Founded in 1888 and named after its resident venue, the Concertgebouw (concert hall) in Amsterdam, the orchestra is one of the leading international arts institutions in the world. Comprising 120 of the most extraordinarily talented musicians from over 25 different nations including Japan, the orchestra has performed with the greatest conductors and soloists of all times. Of the nearly 130 concerts performed each year, 40 take place on the world’s most important concert stages outside the Netherlands. Ever since its first performance in Japan in 1961, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has captivated Japanese music lovers.
In 1988, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands conferred the “Royal” title upon the orchestra. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the orchestra’s patron and its ambassador in the international community.