Facts & Figures

© Emmely Siebrecht

Factsheet of The Royal Concertgebouw

The Concertgebouw

  • Built in 1886. First concert April 11, 1888;
  • One of the most famous concert halls in the world with unparalleled acoustics;
  • Two famous concert halls within the Concertgebouw: the Main Hall (1974 seats) and the Recital Hall (437), as well as the recently opened Choir Hall (150 seats);
  • Mission: The Royal Concertgebouw connects and enriches people by offering them a sublime musical experience
  • Vision: The Royal Concertgebouw uses its unique concert hall building and high level of artistic programming  to connect people of all ages and to enrich them with a sublime musical experience. All staff members are fully engaged with this mission. It is our daily ambition to write music history and to continue to be in the world’s top league of concert halls. We cherish the private nature of our business – we are responsible for 95% of our own income and our building. We aim to preserve the Concertgebouw in its highest possible state for the following generations.
  • The Concertgebouw has a great tradition of legendary concerts with illustrious names in classical, jazz and world music, such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Bernard Haitink, Yehudi Menuhin, Jessye Norman, Vladimir Horowitz, Cecilia Bartoli, Louis Armstrong, Sting, and many more. Together with its house orchestra, the Concertgebouworkest, which has been voted the best orchestra in the world, it has reached the absolute top during its years of existence;
  • With over 1000 events (80% concerts) and over 750.000 visitors a year the Concertgebouw is one of the best visited concert halls of the world;
  • The Concertgebouw Café attracts over 100.000 guests a year.
  • The Concertgebouw offers access to an unprecedented network, including a vital and successful business club.
  • Largest market share of audiences in the Netherlands going to classical concerts (more than 50%);
  • Initiator of multidisciplinary festivals in Amsterdam: China Festival (2005), India Festival (2008) and Brasil Festival (2011) (over 70.000 visitors each Festival); Initiator of festival Turning East, music from Morocco to Iran (2017). In May 2020 a Mahler Festival will be organized.
  • The Sunday Morning Concert series, organised by the Concertgebouw in cooperation with AVROTROS Broadcasting, is the most successful concert series for years.
  • Initiator of the ‘Concertgebouw Award’, for musicians that have contributed to the artistic profile of the Concertgebouw over a long period of time. Former winners are Cecilia Bartoli (2004), Beaux Arts Trio (2006), Bernard Haitink (2007), the Concertgebouworkest (2009), Maurizio Pollini (2010), Thomas Hampson (2011), Janine Jansen (2013), Yo-Yo Ma (2014), Sir John Eliot Gardiner (2015), the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor (2016) and the Hagen Quartet (2018).
  • Initiator of the Concertgebouw Young Talent Award, for young talented musicians. Former winners are Arthur and Lucas Jussen (2011), Noa Wildschut (2012), Laetitia Gerards (2014) and Lucie Horsch (2015).
  • On 11 April 2013, exactly 125 years after the Main Hall opened his doors in 1888, The Concertgebouw was honoured with the Royal status.

Privately financed

  • Ever since its opening in 1888, the Concertgebouw has been a privately owned and mainly privately financed company (about 5% of its revenues are governmental subsidies);
  • How the Concertgebouw is funded (2017):
  • 30% from ticket sales
  • 25% from rentals
  • 20% from hospitality
  • 10%  from sponsoring
  • 10% from fundraising
  • 5% municipal grant
  • Long standing and much praised sponsorship tradition;
  • Foundation ‘Het Concertgebouw Fonds’ with an extensive ‘individual giving programme’.
  • The  historic Jubilee share issue held in April 2012 brought in over 8.7m euro.
  • The Concertgebouw has been a beneficiary of the BankGiro Lottery for over ten years. In 2013 the BankGiro Lottery will also be a Jubilee partner of the Concertgebouw.


Social responsibility

  • The Concertgebouw education programme reaches over 30,000 children every year. Recently, the Concertgebouw successfully launched a participation programme to attract new audiences;
  • 40 lunchtime concerts a year, free of charge, 30,000 visitors each year;
  • Several concert series focused on young talent.


  • More than 750,000 visitors a year;
  • Located at the ‘Museumplein’ (over 4,5 million visitors a year);
  • Most extensive ‘cultural friends’ association of the Netherlands (13,000 members);
  • Enthusiastic youth association ‘Entree’ (9000 members);
  • Printed communications: more than 380,000 copies each season (Season brochure, Concertgebouw Magazine, Agenda, Preludium);
  • More than 3 million visits of www.concertgebouw.nl each year;
  • (Inter)national media exposure: newspapers, radio, television, magazines, podcasts etc.                 
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