Youth Orchestra Festival in cooperation with Jeunesses Musicales Bavaria

Event Details

July 14 – 16, 2017
2nd AUFTAKT! Youth Orchestra Festival
in the Werksviertel

Composer in Residence
Verena Marisa
Sponsored by Castringius Kinder & Jugend Stiftung München

Artists in Residence
Marc Sinan (guitar) and Iva Bittová (violin)



July 14, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM | TonHalle
Orchestra and Junior Big Band of the Pestalozzi–Gymnasium München
Christoph Hobmair, Gitte Peters, Elisabeth Urban (conductor)

Brass Band del Ecuador
Jorge Pachacama (conductor)

Strings of the Pestalozzi–Gymnasiums München
Gitte Peters (conductor), Verena Marisa (Theremin)

Brassband Fanfare Masolo (Congo)
Pious Malebuka Nkasu (director) 

World premiere: MORPHOLOGY for theremin, loopstation and string orchestra
Composed by Verena Marisa, Composer in Residence 2017 at whiteBOX

Followed by: AUFTAKT! party at whiteBOX


July 15, 2017

Sabine Bundschu: Circle Singing | TonHalle

WORKSHOPS | 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Jisr-Ensemble: Introduction to Arabic music | Forum Eckhaus
Iva Bittova: Impovisation | TonHalle
Till Heine: Workshop for young wind players | PopUpGalerie
Marc Sinan: Composition | Trommelstudio Orama
Sabine Bundschu: Taketina | Gastatelier

WORKSHOPS | 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Jisr-Ensemble: Introduction to Arabic music | Forum Eckhaus
Iva Bittova: Impovisation | TonHalle
Marc Sinan: Composition | Trommelstudio Orama
Sabine Bundschu: Taketina | Gastatelier
Verena Marisa: Theremin | whiteBOX

Workshop registration at with name, age and instrument. Participation is free of charge.

CONCERTS | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM | TonHalle
Youth Choir of the Bavarian Philharmonic
Manuel Hartinger (director), cooperation: Mittelschule an der Implerstraße

Marc Sinan (guitar) und Iva Bittová (violin)
Artists in Residence 2017 of the whiteBOX

Bavarian Youth Baroque Orchestra
Johannes Heim (director), cooperation: Holbein–Gymnasium Augsburg

Jisr–Ensemble (project „Music creates a sense of home“)
Mohcine Ramdan (director), cooperation: Städtische Adalbert–Stifter–Realschule München

Hackbrett Youth Orchestra Bavaria
 Komalé Akakpo, Lisa Schöttl (conductor), cooperation: pupils of schools in Munich

Project Orchestra AUFTAKT!
Anna Handler, Marc Sinan (composers)


July 16, 2017 | 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM | whiteBOX

Denkfabrik „Wo wächst was? – Jugend komponiert“, symposium „Youth Composing"

Please register by July 14 at Participation is free of charge.

Programme: Creations by Minas Borboudakis, Johannes X. Schachtner, Pablo Quaß

 Minas Borboudakis (conductor and Artistic Director of „Jugend komponiert Bayern")
Johannes X. Schachtner (conductor)
Marc Sinan (conductor)
Verena Marisa (conductor)
Pablo Quaß (conductor)
Clemens Schuldt (Head conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Munich)
Michael Lochar (music publishing house Musica Mundana)

In cooperation with the Jeunesses Musicales Bavaria
Sponsored by the Bavarian Cultural Foundation and the Region Oberbayern. 

Patron: Mariss Jansons

Tickets are available at the evening box office.
Pay as much as you like.

From July 14 – 16, 2017, the rafters of the Werksviertel in Munich will resonate to the sound of music as a group of young musicians from Bavaria and beyond once again team up to entertain the public and one another. Up to now, five orchestras and ensembles have confirmed their participation, including one highly exceptional formation: the Hackbrett Youth Orchestra Bavaria. Also appearing are the Bavarian Youth Baroque Orchestra, the JUMBLE – Youth Ensemble for New Music Bavaria, the Munich Youth Orchestra and the "Musik schafft Heimat" (Music creates a sense of home) Ensemble, an initiative from the Bavarian Philharmonic in which refugees play a central role in the performance. Yet another unique feature of the festival: Schoolchildren from a partner school will accompany every participating ensemble during their preparations and the festival itself.  

This year's performances will once again feature international guests as artists in residence. Marc Sinan, a Turkish-Armenian-German composer and guitarist, and the violinist, actress and singer Iva Bittová from the Czech Republic will play a part in the programme as soloists and workshop leaders, thereby ensuring even more intercultural flair. A first at this year's festival: whiteBOX has commissioned a new work from the film score composer Verena Marisa from Munich who, in her role as Composer in Residence, will accompany whiteBOX the whole year long. Her composition for string instruments and the theremin, in which she herself will appear as a soloist, will celebrate its premiere as part of the AUFTAKT! Youth Orchestra Festival. Mariss Jansons will act as patron of the festival.

Further information:


Verena Marisa – Composer in Residence 2017

Verena Marisa is a German-Brazilian composer and sound artist who plays the violin, theremin and piano. She studied classical composition, film score composition and jazz composition in Munich, and as a guest at the CalArts (Los Angeles) and at the Conservatório de Tatuí (Brazil). She was awarded both the German Film Award and the Berlin Opera Prize 14 in 2014, having already won the German Television Award in 2013. Not only that, but she also won the Franz Grothe Film Score Award in 2016 and the International aDevantgarde Opera Prize in 2009. She has also been nominated for the Grimme Award, the Rolf-Hans Müller Film Score Award from SWR, along with the Peer Raaben Award.
Verena Marisa composed the score for the film "Operation Zucker" and other TV movies featuring stars such as Katja Riemann, Ulrich Noethen and Senta Berger, and also wrote music for several episodes of the German TV series "Tatort". She has also composed orchestral, big band and chamber music for the Zeitsprung Ensemble, the Chrismos Ensemble, the Sirius String Quartet (New York), the Schauspiel Frankfurt, St. Michael's Munich and the Siemens Arts Program.
She founded the experimental CLÆNG band project and the "parasights" duo in 2015. She appeared with her theremin at the Nockherberg Musical Comedy in 2015, along with various festivals such as the Munich Science & Fiction Festival, the Schamrock Festival and also played as part of the support programme at the Munich Film Festival.


Iva Bittová – Artist in Residence (violin, vocals)

Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in the north of Moravia, in the present-day Czech Republic. She studied acting and music at the Brno Conservatory and played with the "Goose on a String Theater" ensemble, an experience she still describes as one of the most formative of her career. Initially, Bittová was primarily engaged as an actress for radio, TV, cinema and theatre productions, and received numerous awards and acting prizes. Following the death of her father – an accomplished and versatile musician – she decided to follow in his footsteps and focus her professional life on playing the violin and composing.
Building on her professional vocal training, she quickly developed her own characteristic vocal style, an imploring blend of sprechgesang and chanting, which she intones with the meditative, lamentative strains of her violin. Her music is a mesmerising mixture of classical music, experimental rock, opera and jazz, peppered with folk music from her east-European homeland. She is one of the leading and most internationally recognised protagonists of Czech avant-garde. She has released several solo albums, classical productions and jazz LPs, including a solo album with the renowned ECM jazz label.
Following her move to New York in 2007, Bittová now works with leading lights of the American music scene, including luminaries such as Don Byron, Hamid Drake, Bill Frisell, Bobby McFerrin and Marc Ribot. She concluded her course of study in Old Music and Musicology at the Masaryk University in Brno in 2015. She appears as a soloist in Marc Sinan's current Rajasthan project, a co-production of whiteBOX along with the Radialsystem V, Berlin and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, which will come to the stage at the Technikum in Munich in April 2017. –


Marc Sinan – Artist in Residence (composition, guitar)

Marc Sinan is the son of a Turkish-Armenian mother and a German father. His compositions are a tribute to differences as a way of unearthing similarities. His projects offer a contemporary vision of traditional sounds, video projections and live music which he compiles on regular musical-ethnological research trips to places as far afield and disparate as Seattle and Rajasthan. In addition to solo concerts and chamber music projects with partners such as the Julia Hülsmann Trio, Jörg Widmann, the Turkish percussionist Burhan Öcal and the Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Marc Sinan has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Sinfoniker and the No Borders Orchestra. His ensemble, the Marc Sinan Company, also stages its own projects and concert series. Accompanied by his band of musicians, Sinan's works have been performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Istanbul Festival, the MaerzMusik Festival at the Berliner Festspiele and the Wiener Konzerthaus. He has also appeared on ARTE TV and numerous radio stations, and his extensive body of work has been aired throughout Europe, Asia and North/South America. In 2012, Marc Sinan was awarded an artist-in-residence scholarship by the German Foreign Office for the recently opened Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul.
His musical installation "Hasretim", commissioned by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and the Dresdner Sinfoniker, was awarded a UNESCO prize in 2011. As was the case with his "Fasil" project in 2009, the "Hasretim" CD has also been released under the ECM label and this went on to receive a nomination for the German Record Award. On behalf of HELLERAU and the Gorki Theater in Berlin, he composed and staged the docu-fictional "Dede Korkut" musical theatre project (a co-production with the Dresdner Sinfoniker) for the 2013/2014 season – a show which toured from the banks of the Elbe to the Bosporus. He created the "Komitas" musical theatre for the 2015/2016 season. Commissioned by the TONSPUREN Festival at the Irsee Monastery, and also staged at the Gorki Theater in Berlin, "Komitas" tells the story of the Armenian composer and musicologist Komitas Vardapet. Sinan was a visiting professor at the Whitman College in Walla Walls, USA from February – May 2016. In April 2017, Marc Sinan will present his current I EXIST - to Rajasthan project, a co-production ofYMUSIC/ Marc Sinan Company and the Dresdner Sinfonikern with whiteBOX, Radialsystem V, Berlin and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, Dresden. –


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