Oorkaan has been nominated for the 5th time for the YAMawards!

schräg/strich, a theatrical concert directed by Caecilia Thunnissen at the invitation of the Salzburger Festspiele, has been nominated for the Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) 2022 in the category ‘Best Small Ensemble’. 

The YAMawards identify and promote the best musical productions for kids and youth from all around the world. Oorkaan has won the YAMawards three times before: with Tickle (also directed by Thunnissen) in 2020, Glimpse in 2015 and Skyggespill in 2018 with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, Oorkaan and the Cello Octet Amsterdam were nominated for Cellostorm.

The Young Audiences Music Awards (YAMawards) honours creativity and innovation in the field of musical productions for young audiences, from all corners of the world, created by professional ensembles of all forms. The jury of the YAMawards consists of journalists and representatives of renowned international opera houses and concert halls.

On October 18, 2022, the winners of the different categories will be announced during the YAMawards Ceremony in Bruges, Belgium. In addition you can vote for schräg/strich for the Public Choice Award: www.yamawards.org.

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Read the article by DrehPunktKultur.
Read the article by Oberösterreichisches Volksblatt.

Caecilia Thunnissen, who won the YAMaward in 2020 with Tickle (international co-production with Dutch National Opera and Philharmonie Luxembourg), debuted with this production at the Salzburger Festspiele. Composer David Dramm brings together Mozart’s string quartet in D minor KV 421 and Debussy’s string quartet in G minor, in a new, inventive, through-composed score. Morgana Machado Marques did the scenography, the costume was designed by the young fashion designer Merel van Marken Lichtenbelt, the lighting was designed by Paul Fresacher, and the dramaturgy was in the hands of Yorick Stam.

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 all over the world (Japan, Turkey, France, Brazil), making the quartet a unique and diverse ensemble, crossing boundaries and obstacles for the music breaks through. With a fresh approach to the music and stylistic interpretations, the young musicians set themselves the goal of not only inspiring their audience, but also emotionally enchanting them. The ensemble succeeds in this through its energetic and inspiring performances.

Caecilia Thunnissen developed the “Oorkaan Method”, an internationally renowned artistic method by which musicians create a theatrical world around and with their music. These staged concerts are regularly invited worldwide. For Oorkaan, she has directed Laat me met rust! (2017) with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra the family concerts Romeo & Juliette (2018) and Tarantula and the Dance of the Animals (2018). With schräg/strich, Caecilia made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele, the world’s most renowned festival for opera, music and theater. In February 2023 “Superball, Lollipop & Mr. Classic”, a co-production with Slagwerk Den Haag, will premiere in Amare. Read more HERE.

schräg/strich is a production of the Salzburger Festspiele in collaboration with Oorkaan. The Salzburger Festspiele has been held in Salzburg every summer since 1920. The festival enjoys worldwide fame in the fields of classical music, opera and theatre. schräg/strich premiered on August 4, 2021 in the Salzburg Museum during the Salzburger Festspiele and will play on October 15 and 16 in the Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria), October 18 in Bühne im Hof (St. Pölten, Austria) and October 13 November in Philharmonie Luxembourg (Luxembourg).

Theatre photography: Erika Mayer
Portrait Caecilia Thunnissen: Michiel Spijkers

“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 in all movements is amazing. And with the loud closing applause and cheers, all distance was forgotten anyway.”