Concert halls in Amsterdam

Conservatorium van Amsterdam

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The Conservatorium van Amsterdam is a Dutch academy of music located in Amsterdam. This school is the music division of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, the city's vocational university of arts. The Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) is the largest music academy in the Netherlands, offering programs in classical music, jazz, early music, music education, and opera.


The oldest predecessor of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam was founded in 1884 as the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium, four years before the completion of the Concertgebouw. In 1920 a competing music academy was established in Amsterdam by a society called 'Muzieklyceum'. The Bachzaal, used by the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium, was completed in 1931.

In 1976, the Amsterdamsch Conservatorium, Conservatory of the Society Muzieklyceum, and the Haarlems Muzieklyceum merged to form the Sweelinck Conservatorium. This "new" academy of music moved to the former savings bank building in the Van Baerlestraat in 1985. In the 1994 the Sweelinck Conservatorium merged with Hilversums Conservatorium to form the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Since 1998 its training programmes take place in the Van Baerlestraat and the Nieuwe Vaart. In 2008 the school moved to Oosterdokseiland.


As from April 21, 2008, Conservatorium van Amsterdam houses in a new building at the Oosterdokseiland, near Amsterdam Central Station. The new building has a central position in a cultural area, including the 'Muziekgebouw' with three concert halls for classical music and jazz, and the Public Library. Other faculties of the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Amsterdam School of the Arts) are situated at walking distance.

The new is designed and equipped to currents standards. Students can organize a solo or ensemble concert, or create an interesting project with other music students or students from other art disciplines, make their own posters and flyers, sell tickets, or record their concerts in one of the concert halls and present the demo on the internet radio on the CvA website.

The design, by Dutch architect Frits van Dongen, is based on the 'Engawa model', the Japanese way of building, where the corridors are situated next to the outer walls of the building and the concert halls, lesson, and study rooms within. Large windows in the front will transmit sufficient daylight into the rooms. This building method is intended to enable students to study without being disturbed, while corridors would keep noises out.

The new building contains three units. At ground level there are four halls:

  • Bernard Haitinkzaal, a large hall with 450 seats
  • Amsterdam Blue Note, a hall for jazz and pop concerts, which seats 200
  • Sweelinckzaal, a recital hall with 120 seats
  • Theaterzaal, which seats 50

The Bernard Haitinkzaal and Sweelinckzaal have windows which transmit daylight, which is exceptional for a concert hall. All halls have recording equipment, so that each concert or exam can be recorded. There are also a foyer and a canteen at ground level.

At the next level there are four floors with lesson rooms and on top of these there are two floors with the library, a lecture hall and study rooms.

Acoustic planning was by Akoestisch bureau Peutz, who researched the acoustic requirements of the lesson and study rooms and concert halls.



  • Bob van Asperen
  • Boris Belkin
  • Marjès Benoist
  • Vera Beths
  • Willem Brons
  • Dmitri Ferschtman
  • Ilya Grubert
  • Walter van Hauwe
  • Peter Kooy
  • Jaap ter Linden
  • Bart van Oort
  • Istvan Parkanyi
  • Reinette Thiadens
  • Jos van Veldhoven
  • Matthijs Verschoor (also an alumn)
  • Abbie de Quant
  • David Wilson-Johnson


  • Willem Andriessen (also an alumn)
  • Oskar Back
  • Klaas Bolt
  • Sarah Bosmans-Benedicts
  • Max van Egmond
  • Peter Erős
  • Vesko Eschkenazy
  • Ton Hartsuiker
  • Michael Gieler
  • Alexander Kerr
  • Herman Krebbers
  • Ton de Leeuw
  • Gustav Leonhardt
  • Murray Perahia
  • António Chagas Rosa
  • Jaap Spaanderman (also an alumn)


  • Svitlana Azarova
  • Kees Bakels
  • Daria van den Bercken
  • Bart Berman
  • Hendrik Bouman
  • Daniel Bruggen
  • Frans Brüggen
  • Hans Davidsson
  • Thoms Dunn
  • Ivo van Emmerik
  • Tom Gaebel
  • Bernard Haitink
  • Walter Hekster
  • Jorge Isaac
  • Christine Kamp
  • Rudolf Koelman
  • Theo Olof
  • Paul Leenhouts
  • Johannes Leertouwer
  • Theo Loevendie
  • Tera de Marez Oyens
  • Pamela Thorby
  • Signe Tollefsen
  • Merlijn Twaalfhoven
  • Matthijs Verschoor
  • Frank Peter Zimmermann


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Meinder V
2 October 2019
They also have (free) public performances. Check the agenda on the website!
Alexandra O
28 March 2019
Free lunch concerts on Wednesdays at 12.30!
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0.1km from Willem Frederik Hermansstraat, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Wed 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
Fri 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Mon 9:00 AM–9:00 PM

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