How does it sound?

When you think of a string quartet, you might immediately think of sitting still. But that is not the case with this special concert. The four string players of the Beija-flor Quartet do not sit in a fixed spot, but move musically through the space. They come from Turkey, Japan, Brazil, France and tell stories with the music they play, without chairs, without words, but with their instruments, lots of movement and humor. If they sometimes cross diagonally, it is not a coincidence, but the burning desire to make music in any situation.

Schräg/strich is a theatrical concert invited by the Salzburg Festival directed by Caecilia Thunnissen, featuring string quartets by Mozart and Debussy.

Advisory age: 10 to 110
Language No Problem

Listening guide:

"The core idea is simple, the execution is beautifully poetic. Introducing a young audience to 'the string quartet,' that's what it's all about. [...] But that happens much cooler here. [...] The young string quartet [...] is truly multilingual[...] more international, multicultural it cannot be. But all roads lead to making music together. [From hearing and seeing beautiful stories are born. You will probably hear the two pieces of music with new ears from now on."

On the stage

On the stage

game Beija-flor Quartet:
1st violin Haruna Shinoyama 
2nd violin Alkım Önoğlu 
viola Camille Havel 
cello Guilherme Moraes

The Beija-flor Quartet was founded in 2015 by four talented students from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the direction of Leonhard Roczek (cellist of the Minetti Quartet). With numerous previous chamber music experiences of each individual, the quartet unites four young, passionately committed musicians from around the world (Japan, Turkey, France, Brazil), making the quartet a unique and diverse ensemble that breaks down boundaries and barriers to music.
With a fresh approach to music and stylistic interpretations, the young musicians set out to not only inspire their audiences, but also to emotionally enchant them. The ensemble succeeds in this through its energetic and inspiring performances.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Direction Caecilia Thunnissen
scenography Morgana Machado Marques costume design Merel van Marken Lichtenbelt
lighting design Paul Fresacher
music arrangement David Dramm
dramaturgy Yorick Stam
tour technique Galina Sels

Award-winning director Caecilia Thunnissen directed several semiscene operas with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, including Joan of Arc au Bucher (2018) with Stéphane Deneve, Wagner's Lohengrin (2015) with Sir Mark Elder, nominated as "Opera of the Year" by Place de l'Opera Magazine and Der flying Hollander (2013) under the direction of Andris Nelsons.

Since 2015, Caecilia became artistic director of Oorkaan over and developed the "Oorkaan Method," an internationally recognized artistic method by which musicians create a theatrical world around and with their music. In 2020, Caecilia won the YAMaward 2020 for Best Small Ensemble with tickle (2+), an international co-production of Oorkaan, De Nationale Opera and the Philharmonie Luxembourg. For Oorkaan she directed Laat me met rust!  (2017) with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra the family concerts Muzikale Catwalk  (2017) with Daniele Gatti, Romeo & Juliet (2018) with Gustavo Gimeno and Tarantula en de Dans der Dieren (2018).


The classic string quartet arrangement may also be broken. The musicians play standing, on their knees or lying down, and Guilherme Moraes amazes us as a cellist who can also play his instrument while walking through the room with it. [...] But above all, there is the music: two string quartets, by Mozart and Debussy, are the sound material with which composer-arranger David Dramm plays, and with which [Caecilia] Thunnissen finds exciting and repeatedly comic scenes without words. How the Beija-flor Quartet remains musically sovereign with all the movement, too, is wonderful. And at the loud closing applause and cheers, all distance was forgotten anyway.” – Salzburger Nachrichten

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