Founded in 1988 as the Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta presents a series of concerts each season in the major concert halls of the Netherlands. The ensemble consists of 22 players performing under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director and leader since 2003. The orchestra has gained a reputation for distinguished performances and innovative programming, and enjoys intensive collaborations with pre-eminent musicians such as Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Fröst, Janine Jansen and Isabelle van Keulen. Numerous international tours include recent appearances at the Barbican in London, Bozar in Brussels, the Musikhalle in Hamburg and the Stockholm Concert Hall, as well as concerts in China with the cellist Pieter Wispelwey. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has been a guest at many international festivals, including the Adelaide Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and La Roque d’Antheron.