Concert with young soloists (June 2020)

Deadline extended to Saturday October 5th.

Audition to be a soloist in your favourite repertoire!

T.O.P. Orchestra is looking for young soloists for a concert on June 13th, 2020 in Leiden, conducted by Dominic Seldis. The programme will consist of a series of performances  by instrumentalists and vocalists who have chosen the repertoire themselves. In other words, you have carte blanche!

You now have the chance to audition for this concert.

– We are looking for soloists between 14 up to and including 20 years old.
– You can play for a maximum of 15 minutes.
– The orchestration can maximally be of standard romantic (not too large) size.
– You can also play part of a larger work or multiple shorter works.
– Repertoire with copyright is discouraged.
– We encourage repertoire with relatively rare solo instruments and combinations of instruments/voice parts .
– A piano as a solo instrument is unfortunately excluded.

You can think of repertoire like:
– Bach – a violin concerto 
– Beethoven – concert aria ‘Ah! perfido’
– Elgar – Romance for bassoon and orchestra
– Busoni – Concertino for clarinet and orchestra
– Richard Strauss – parts of the oboe concerto
– Glazunov – Saxophone concerto
– Holst – Fugal concerto for flute, oboe and orchestra
– Vaughan Williams – Four Hymns for tenor, viola and strings
– Bruch – Adagio on Celtic themes for cello and orchestra
– Rimsky-Korsakov – Trombone concerto
– Rosetti  – Concerto for two horns and orchestra
– Vivaldi – Concerto for two mandolines and strings

Submit your idea by Saturday October 5th, 2019, the latest, to Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you want to perform the repertoire you are thinking of. Also send us (e.g., use Wetransfer) a video recording of you playing that work or another work. We invited selected candidates for auditions (October 26th and 27th in Leiden ). For questions, email/call

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Greetings from the T.O.P. Orchestra

Project Siebold

Order tickets:

Friday March 29th, 8.15 pm, Het Leidse Volkshuis, Leiden
Sunday March 31st, 8.15 pm, Concertgebouw Amsterdam

A cooperation between T.O.P. Orchestra and Nanagen String orchestra from Tokyo

In the past years, String Orchestra Nanagen from Tokyo gave concerts in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam three times. In March 2019, they return, this time for a collaboration with the T.O.P. Orchestra. Their visit will be answerd by a visit from the T.O.P. Orchestra to Tokyo in July of the same year. This establishes a unique artistic collaboration between cultures geographically far apart, a great learning opportunity for orchestra members, conductor, soloists and the two orchestras’ boards. The project will be led by conductor Kent Moussault.


  • W. A. Mozart: Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra;
  • W. A. Mozart: Symphony no. 29;
  • E. Grieg: Holberg suite;
  • Melle Heij: Die Verhüllung, comission based on music from the famous German-Dutch Japan expert Philipp von Siebold.

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October 2018 – Tchaikovsky, Bruch and Ravel led by Dominic Seldis

Arthur den Haan, both a physicist and a pianist, played Bach’s 1st piano concerto and Mozart’s 23rd piano concerto in October 2015 conducted by Dominic Seldis and an orchestra he composed himself. This inspired the founding of the T.O.P. Orchestra, which now, on October 23rd 2018 in the beautiful Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden, will accompany Arthur in what we’re convinced is a unique, virtuoso and inspired interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s legendary 1st piano concerto, alongside more wonderful soloists in Bruch’s double concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra,  Tchaikovsky’s Valse-Scherzo and Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante defunte! All this will be conducted by Dominic Seldis.


Listen to a fragment by Arthur from the solo part of Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto:


– Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky              Valse-Scherzo, op. 34,  for violin and orchestra
                                                         Salomé Bonnema – violin
– Maurice Ravel                           Pavane pour une infante défunte
– Max Bruch                                 Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra
                                                         Lea Hemmerlin – clarinet, Dominika                                                                                                                                   Dudek – viola
– Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky              Piano concerto nr. 1
                                                         Arthur den Haan – piano