The Orchestra

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 .

WildOp! op het Museumplein tijdens de Scottish Fling tournee, 21 juli 2017.

© Jan Willem Steenmeijer

The Ricciotti looks upon music as a means to make people happy and more connected. As each person has a right to happiness, each person also has a right to music.
Symphonic music however tends to exist in a set frame: it is reserved for a limited group of people on a limited number of locations. The Ricciotti strives to step out of this frame: symphonic music should be heard everywhere and each and every one should be able to get acquainted with it.

“Abraço Brazil” Tour, 2016

© Noortje Schmit

It is not only in their locations and audiences that the Ricciotti challenges the set norms: also artistically it likes to differ. It is never a one sided experience from orchestra to audience. The Ricciotti strives to interact with the audience. Without interaction, the musical experience would not be complete. To achieve this interaction, first the audience should feel comfortable and willing to open up to it. Secondly the musicians would need to feel free in their presentation. Only when this has been achieved does the Ricciotti consider its performance a success.

Sint Jansplein, Antwerpen, 2009

© Noortje Schmit

Being this flexible in organisation as well as artistically makes the orchestra unique. The musicians don’t need a stage; a free space of six by eight meters will do. This is why they can play almost everywhere and for everyone. Getting off the bus and being ready to play takes no longer than 2 minutes and it’s this speed that enables them to perform several times a day. The Ricciotti meets its audiences in their own environment, where they live, work and relax. Nobody needs to pay to attend a Ricciotti concert.

Ricciotti o.l.v. Prinses Máxima, Stadhuis van Rotterdam, 2012

© Noortje Schmit
  1. Fluit
  2. Cátia Domingos

    Floortje de la Fosse

  1. Klarinet
  2. Dorus van den Boomen

    Michelle van der Wal

  1. Fagot
  2. Sander Borst

    Jenny Halff

  1. Saxofoon
  2. Mathilde van der Meij

  1. Hoorn
  2. Jochem van Hoogdalem

    Lindy Karreman

  1. Trompet
  2. Abriël Feirrera

    Julia Koenen

  1. Trombone
  2. Berend van Gurp

  1. Percussie
  2. Agata Kruszewska

  1. Viool 1
  2. Eva Hensens

    Nina Zuure

    Sofie van der Pol

    Stijn Brinkman

    YeYe Xu

  1. Viool 2
  2. Linde van de Ven


    Cuun Koek

    Douwe Nauta

    Rosa Verkerke

  1. Altviool
  2. Annemarie Hensens


    Hugo Bouma

    Mart Koek

  1. Cello
  2. Jan van der Plas


    Sophie Ehling

    Fransien Woltjer

    Irene van der Vossen

  1. Contrabas /
  2. Orrin van Leeuwen


    Daniël de Boer

Artistic director and conductor

Leonard Evers (1985) has been conducting the orchestra since 2013. With his background as a trumpet player (also in the Ricciotti) and as composer, Leonard is a master in finding a large and diverse repertoire for the orchestra. Not only does he conduct the orchestra during the tours and other performances, he’s also responsible for the repertoire, the ordering of new compositions and arrangements and artistically cooperating with other musical ensembles.

In his spare time you can find him in the kitchen, tasting wines in France, reading books or dining in the best Dutch restaurants.

More information on Leonard can be found at You can reach Leonard at
General director
Alexander Buskermolen (1985) is responsible for all financial matters: funding and sponsoring, donors, contracts, general management and all things concerning marketing and media for the orchestra. He also organises the tours abroad and safeguards and executes the long term policies and strategy of the Ricciotti.

In his free time, Alexander likes to take his wife Jorinde and their two sons on an outing, plays the piano, rides his motor bike , plays basketball or is a chef in his own kitchen. More information on Alexander can be found via LinkedIn.

You can reach Alexander at
de Bruin
Tour manager

Rosa de Bruin (1982) has been with the Ricciotti since 2010 and is responsible for all the tours in The Netherlands. Rosa knows the orchestra inside out and manages to keep the musicians functioning, even after already having performed 5 times that day. She plays the French horn and used to be a member of the Ricciotti.

When Rosa is not in the office, you could find her at a salsa party, with Ensemble PEP, in an Amsterdam pub or with her family in Brabant.

You can reach Rosa at
Assistent Artistic director
Geert Rubingh ( 1978) has been a familiar face for many years in the Ricciotti. Geert knows everyone and everyone knows Geert. He deals with all things concerning repertoire, scores, the ensemble committee, performing rights, arrangements (he also arranges himself) and all the logistics concerning a tour. Need anything? Geert has the solution.

You can reach Geert at
Marketing and Communication
As of May 2017 Marissa Jalink (1978) deals with all the marketing and communication regarding the Ricciotti: Keeping the website and social media up to date, preparing promotional material, publications etc.

Marissa likes spending time with her family, skiing in winter , water sports and tennis in summer. Anything to do with sports and she is in the game.

You can reach Marissa at
van Regteren-Altena
Plays the cello in Het Mondriaan Kwartet He is also on the boards of political party PvdA in Amsterdam Oost and Muziekpakhuis. Appointed on November 1 2011, third term and eligible for re-election as of November 1 2017.
Chairwoman of the Vereniging voor Podiumtechnologie VPT. Chairwoman and project manager for Overleg Scholing Arbeidsmarkt Theatertechniek and project manager Stichting Arbo&Podiumkunsten. Appointed on September 13 2013, second term, eligible for re-election as of September 13 2017.
Development and relations management at STG.MS Research, Project manager at Bunge Beheer B.V. Board member of Stichting Viore, member of the advisory council at Wonderfeel. Appointed September 15 2016 , first term, eligible for re-election as of September 15 2018.
Head of sponsorship at The Royal Concertgebouw . Appointed on June 1 2013, second term. Eligible for re-election as of June 1 2017
Singer, Artistic director at Stichting Operamakers. External consultant for the commission Podiumkunsten with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Appointed November 1 2016 first term, eligible for re-election as of November 1 2018
    We always welcome volunteers to help prepare the tours or special occasions like our jubilee. We're also looking for people who're skilled filmers who can occasionally record performances and special events for us.
    Funds & Sponsors

    Het Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie and Het Amsterdams Fonds voor de kunsten are the main sponsors for the Ricciotti. Together they cover almost half of the Ricciotti income. The other half is up to the orchestra itself. It applies for grants, members pay a small contribution to take part in a tour, they pass the hat around in the streets etc. They also barter. In exchange for a performance they sometimes ask for a place to sleep or rehearse, or for meals for the whole group. This bartering is both necessary and fun. Together they create a classical win-win.

    The following funds have also made our tours in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 possible:
    Fonds 1819, Fonds voor de Geld -en effectenhandel, Fonds Podiumkunsten K.F.Hein Fonds, DutchCulture, Janivo Stichting, Kattendijke/Drucker Stichting, Triodos Foundation, Stichting Norma, Stichting Dioraphte, Stichting Norma, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and of course all our Groupies and Friends.

    Fonds voor CultuurparticipatieAmsterdams Fonds voor de KunstStichting NormaJanivo StichtingStichting DioraphteAcer Benelux B.V.VSB fondsPrins Bernhard CultuurfondsTriodos FoundationK.F. Hein fondsHofstee StichtingGolden Life FoundationDutchCultureGemeente AmsterdamPerforming Arts Funds NL
    Our tours and other activities are also made possible by our loyal private donors:

    our Groupies, Mecenas and Friends

    Al the performances of the Ricciotti have always been free of admission and we’d like to keep it that way. Only then can everyone enjoy their performances. As an individual it’s also possible to support the Ricciotti, either structural or for one time only. Go to our "Support us" page to read more about this option.

    Is your company interested in supporting the Ricciotti financially? Please contact us via


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