The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a versatile orchestra that covers a broad and varied terrain. The orchestra performs in various formations, from Baroque to contemporary music ensemble. Michael Schønwandt is its chief conductor and artistic director.
Its principal guest conductors are Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen and James MacMillan. On special request of the orchestra former chief conductor Jaap van Zweden was appointed Conductor Emeritus in May 2011. The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is a frequent guest in De Magische Muziekfabriek educational series, the International Gaudeamus Music Week and the Holland Festival.
The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic is renowned for its impassioned performances of contemporary music, often including premieres of new compositions. The Orchestra is also known for its performances of familiar and lesser known works of the old masters conducted by specialists in historical performance practice. In recent years the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic worked with conductors like Harry Christophers, Andrew Manze, Masaaki Suzuki, Kenneth Montgomery and John Nelson.