The Ricciotti ensemble consists of 42 young enthusiastic professional and amateur musicians and plays symphonic music everywhere and for everyone. Since it was founded in 1970, Ricciotti has been playing for people who, for whatever reason, hardly ever come into contact with live symphonic music. During the three tours a year, the orchestra performs on the street, in the asylum seekers' center, care and nursing homes and in prison, as well as abroad.
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New dates for Ricciotti's Golden Anniversary Tour!

This week the orchestra is rehearsing every day in Cultuur Kwartier Sneek... and tomorrow will be the kick off of Ricciotti's Golden Anniversary Tour. Four locations are already sold out.

Good news for fans in Friesland, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht, because new concerts are added in these places! Make sure to reserve a ticket for one of the shows this or next week. All performances have free netry, but due to covid it's necessary to reserve a ticket. Hope to see you at one of our performances!

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Ricciotti celebrates Golden Anniversary with videorelease and summertour!

The Ricciotti orchestra celebrates it's 51-years anniversary this summer, hurray! The golden anniversary in 2020 will be celebrated – according to Ricciotti-tradition – a year later with the release of the brandnew video ‘Mensch, durf te leven!’ and a festive summertour. First performances are announced, make sure to reserve your tickets!

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Ricciotti is looking for new members for upcoming summertour!

Have you always wanted to play with the Ricciotti ensemble? We are looking for new members for our upcoming summer tour! Are you available this summer between 6 and 21 August (including rehearsals) and do you want to join?

Due to covid we work with video auditions which you need to record by yourself and send to us before 20 June 2021.

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Ricciotti niet normaal!

Ricciotti niet normaal! (extraordinary!)

This summer, the Ricciotti ensemble accepted the challenge to bring symphonic music to places it normally doesn’t sound. The new ordinary? Extraordinary! Even though Ricciotti is used to performing on unusual locations and in challenging positions, we also face the issue of ‘the new ordinary’. During Ricciottis Composition Contest and Ensembles on a bike, the Ricciotti tries to find the space within the preconditions. That is truly extraordinary!

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Wout Nooitgedagt
Ricciotti’s Composition Contest 2020

Through Ricciotti’s Composition Contest we challenge composers to write a piece for an orchestra with musicians on 1,5 m distance. What impact will the 1,5 m distance of musicians have on the sound of an entire orchestra? Which possibilities are created when an orchestra and its conductor are set up in a more spacious way than usual? Can we challenge you?

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A musical greeting from our homes in the Netherlands and abroad

Forced to stay a home? Here is some uplifting music to keep you sane in these difficult times. Because we couldn’t go on our Rainbowtour (which was planned for April 7 till April 12), we made this video from our homes in the Netherlands and abroad. Our thoughts are with the victims of the virus and with the people in homes we cannot visit now.
We hope to see you all in good health soon again, take care!

Ricciotti ensemble, everywhere and for everyone.

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Ricciottiando en Cuba - the movie

The Ricciotti ensemble on tour in Cuba

In the fall of 2018, the Ricciotti ensemble was the first Dutch orchestra to tour Cuba to play 25 performances according to the motto: "live symphonic music, everywhere and for everyone".

Cameraman / editor Peter Bouwmans and TV maker Bas Westerweel beautifully portrayed the Cuban summer tour in the Netherlands and the autumn tour in Cuba.

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Mini-series Ricciottiando en Cuba

The Ricciotti will be filmed during Ricciottiando en Cuba, both in the summer and autumn by TV-maker Bas Westerweel and cameraman / editor Peter Bouwmans. The series main focus is the unique mission and working method of the Ricciotti and the double tour 'Ricciottiando and Cuba'. With this series of videos you'll be able to get to know the musicians, key players and you'll see great "behind the scenes" footage.

See all the episodes on our website, Facebook en Instagram @RicciottiEnsemble and Twitter @Ricciottitweets.

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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.

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.

 Hall of Fame

The Ricciotti streetsymphony orchestra consists of 42 young musicians who want to perform live music for everyone anywhere, especially places where live music normally isn't performed and for people who don't often get the chance to hear live symphonic music.


In almost 50 years of Ricciotti ensemble we've collected a vast amount of pictures and video's. On this page we'll show you the highlights per decennium in order to let you relive our orchestral tours. Additionally you can watch some of the documentaries or the video series that's been made regarding our tours to special foreign destinations. Relive Ricciotti here.

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

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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.


Click here for contacting the orchestra. The office is open 5 days a week and questions by email will be answered within a few days Do you have suggestions for the orchestra and its organization? Tell us about it. New ideas are always welcome.