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The Netherlands Wind Ensemble (in Dutch Nederlands Blazers Ensemble) was founded in 1959 by students at the Amsterdam Conservatory and was directed initially by Thom de Klerk, principal bassoonist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.

After de Klerk's death in 1966, conductor Edo de Waart (himself a former principal oboist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra) became music director and helped establish the international reputation of the emsemble through tours and recordings. Although the core repertoire was music for woodwind octet (pairs of oboes… read more

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