The Viotta Ensemble, consisting of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, was founded in the spring of 1992. Since then it has given a series of concerts for its own special audience, the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The series has attracted attention not only because of the exceptional quality of the performances but also for an imaginative choice of music from the repertoire for chamber ensemble. Performances by the Viotta-ensemble, named after maestro Henri Viotta (1843-1933) who conducted the first concert to be given in the Concertgebouw in 1888, are not confined to the Concertgebouw; the ensemble can be heard regularly in other venues. The ensemble varies to 20 musicians in size, including both strings and winds and performing repertoire in a range of settings from Mozarts Flute Quartets, Mendelssohns Octet for Strings, and Stravinskis Histoire du soldat to Milhauds La Cration du monde. Cds with works by Van Bree, Rontgen, Van Gilse and J.M. Coenen had already appeared.