Winner Ricciotti’s Great Arrangement Competition announced!

Alisdair Pickering creates best symphonic Commodore64 tune

During the final performance of Ricciotti’s Gametour on Saturday April 14th the winner of Ricciotti’s Great Arrangement Competition was announced. With his arrangement of the music from the videogame Overlord, Alisdair Pickering won the first prize and with that, a cheque worth €1.500,-.

The jury for the competition were chairman Bob Zimmerman (arranger/composer), Jeroen Tel (Game composer Commodore64) and Leonard Evers (composer/conductor Ricciotti).

The audience prize went to Vera van der Bie with 60% of the casted votes. Read more about Ricciotti’s Great Arrangement Competition

 Ricciotti’s Orchestration Competition 2018

Alisdair Pickering, winnaar Ricciotti's Grote Arrangeerwedstrijd

Ricciotti ensemble en de Commodore64

Item made by Omroep Gelderland during the performance at Meerzorg De Hulsen in Nijmegen (April 9, 2018


From 9 to 14 April we are on Gametour! Read all about the tour, and when you can listen to us where.

 Ricciotti’s Gametour
Finalists Ricciotti’s Orchestration Competition 2018 !

Finalists Ricciotti’s Orchestration Competition 2018 !
In recent months, the arrangers have worked hard on their arrangement of Jeroen Tel's music for the Commodore64. The jury, consisting of Bob Zimmerman, Jeroen Tel and Leonard Evers, has watched and listened to all arrangements with great pleasure. 3 finalists have been chosen from all entries.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order): Vera van der Bie, Hinse Mutter and Alisdair Pickering.
Vera and Alisdair both made arrangements for the music at Overlord. Hinse has arranged the music of Savage.

 Ricciotti’s Orchestration Competition 2018
Join Ricciotti’s Orchestration Competition

For the fifth time, the Ricciotti ensemble is having an open orchestration competition. A unique competition in The Netherlands. Participants will arrange Jeroen Tels music, originally composed for the Commodore64 and Nintendo gamecomputers, for the entire Ricciotti ensemble.
The three top arrangements will be played several times in Ricciotti’s Gaming Tour (spring 2018)
All winners will receive a great prize. The 1st prize is €1500, the 2nd prize is €1000 and the 3rd prize is €750.
The finale will be held on Saturday the 14th of April 2018, at 19.30h in the Amstelkerk in Amsterdam.

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Ricciotti conductor wins Kersjes Stipendium for young conductors

It's with great pleasure that the Ricciotti ensemble can announce that our Artistic director and conductor Leonard Evers will receive the Kersjes Stipendium for young conductors on the 2nd of December at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. This award will be presented to him by Het Kersjes Fonds. With this prestigious award Leonard will continue to develop his conducting career, something which will also benefit the Ricciotti. Congratulations Leonard, well deserved!

 Ricciotti conductor wins Kersjes Stipendium for young conductors
JuR festijn 2018
9 Jun ’18

Op zes centrale plaatsen in Nederland wordt een “Junior Ricciotti” (JuR) gevormd, bestaand uit elk 30 tot 40 leden vanuit bestaande jeugdsymfonieorkesten en orkesten van muziekscholen. De zes JuR’s staan onder leiding van oud-dirigenten van het Ricciotti en de huidige leden zitten als coaches verspreid tussen de deelnemers en assisteren in de organisatie. Zij studeren enkele werken in en ieder JuR geeft in zijn eigen regio 2 à 3 optredens op openbare plekken (zoals een winkelcentrum, plein, park of station) of sociale instelling (zoals een school, gevangenis, asielzoekerscentrum, ziekenhuis of kliniek). ’s Avonds komen alle JuR orkesten én het Ricciotti Ensemble samen en geven een spetterend slotconcert op een centrale locatie in het land.

 The Tours

Streetsymphony orchestra Ricciotti ensemble is meant for everyone and brings music where and whenever possible. We think being able to listen to live symphonic music should be possible for everybody because we know what music can bring about. Music connects, makes you free, makes you move, think and feel. Music achieves beautiful things in a society and it is in the DNA of this orchestra to pro-actively perform the most beautiful and varied repertoire in places where people live, work and relax.

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Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is a brand new project that will map the enduring power of the Ricciotti and offers advantages for those ex-members that still propagate the Ricciotti philosophy. To start it off, the following people/ couples/groups will share with you where they are now and what they still practice from their experiences with the Ricciotti.

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The Ricciotti ensemble is an orchestra consisting of 40 young musicians. Its aim is to bring high quality symphonic music to places where this is not generally played and heard.

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©Sarah Wijzenbeek

The way the Ricciotti performs and actively looks for audiences may seem like a new initiative. However, the Ricciotti was founded in 1970 , and from then on it has proven itself as up to date and progressive. Its mission and goals are even more necessary today in a polarizing society in which many conflicts of interest occur. The Ricciotti has its own views on society and prefers to express those not with words but rather with music. Have a look in the Ricciotti History and what is has achieved in the 5 decennia of its existence.

Het Ricciotti ensemble in 1970 met ons motto uit die tijd (en nog altijd actueel)

Fotograaf onbekend
Support us

The help of others is essential for the Ricciotti to execute its mission. Our principal that every performance should be free of charge, means that the money for three tours a year needs to come from elsewhere. Fortunately, for many years now, the Ricciotti can count on many small and some major financial partners. The Fonds voor de cultuurparticipatie and het Amsterdams Fonds voor de kunsten have been recognizing the importance of the Ricciotti for our society for many years now and have promised to continue their financial support for the next few years.

The Ricciotti today is full of ambition and in order to be able to execute all our plans, we are continually looking for more partners, big or small. Read here about our plans and what we could mean to one another

Het Ricciotti ensemble in de Groene Engel te Oss, oktober 2015.

Hans Kreutzer

Has our mission raked your fire and would you like to contribute with your talents to this bigger picture? Are you aware of the opportunities the Ricciotti offers you to grow as a musician and a person? Then apply for the upcoming auditions. On this page you will find more information about our next auditions, the audition process, vacancies, what you may expect of the Ricciotti and what we ask of you.

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