The Orchestra

The Ricciotti ensemble consists of 43 young enthusiastic 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.

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
Artistic director and conductor

Coen Stuit (1981) has been the artistic director and conductor of the Ricciotti since December 2018. In addition to his work for and with our orchestra, he is the conductor of various symphony orchestras, including the Viotta Youth Orchestra and several amateur orchestras in Noord-Holland.
With a background as a clarinettist in the major professional orchestras of the Netherlands, Coen knows the symphonic world like no other. He is also a walking encyclopedia in the field of music and literature. Quite handy if you want to program 500 years of music history at the Ricciotti!

In his spare time - scarce with 7 orchestras a week - Coen renovates his house, goes to the gym and devours 2 books a week. You can reach Coen via

General director

The Ricciotti ensemble is immediately looking for a General director. He / she is an entrepreneurial, ambitious manager, with a great affinity with culture, preferably with music.
Read the vacancy text on our homepage.

Babette Greiner is ai.i. business manager, Babette can be reached at


Rosa Verkerke (1991) has been working for the orchestra since the end of 2018 and is responsible for the organization of all tours in the Netherlands.

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, fourth term and not eligible for re-election as of November 1 2019.


Former 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, third term, eligible for re-election as of September 13 2019.


Head of sponsorship at The Royal Concertgebouw.

Appointed on June 1 2013, third term. Eligible for re-election as of June 1 2019


Singer, Artistic director at Stichting Operamakers.

External consultant for the commission Podiumkunsten with the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Appointed November 1 2016 second term, eligible for re-election as of November 1 2020

de Wilde

Associate professor of criminal law at the VU University Amsterdam

Judge-deputy in the Court of Noord-Holland

Appointed September 13 2018 first term, eligible for re-election as of September 13 2020

    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

      Het bestuur van de Stichting Ricciotti ensemble toetst jaarlijks of de organisatie voldoet aan de meest recente versie van de Governance Code Cultuur (GCC). Op alle negen punten van de GCC heeft het bestuur antwoorden en - waar nodig - toelichtingen geformuleerd. In de bestuursverslagen wordt gedetailleerd beschreven hoe de Stichting inhoud geeft aan de code. Het meest recente bestuursverslag is op deze website te downloaden. Stichting Ricciotti ensemble, februari 2018

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      Annual raport

      Here you can download the annual reports as published for the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie