References

Awards
  • 2015: 1st Prize, ‘HypoVereinsbank Jugend kulturell’
  • 2015: 1st Prize, ‘Tampereen Sävel - Contest for Vocal Ensembles’ in Tampere, Finland (Category: Unamplified Ensemble)
  • 2014: 1st place at the International Acapellafestival in Leipzig
  • 2010: 1st place, Ward Swingle Award, International Acappella Competition in Graz (Classical Category)
  • 2010: 1st place at the GermanAcappellaBundescontest
  • 2009: 3rd place at the International Acappellafestival in Leipzig
Highlights
  • 27.05.2017: Dresden, Frauenkirche (Dresdner Musikfestspiele)
  • 22. – 27.04.2017: Reise nach Jordanien (Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut Amman) – Konzert im Haya Cultural Center (Amman Jazz Festival) und Workshops mit Kindern geflüchteter Familien
  • 30.03.2017: Berlin, Konzerthaus (mit H.O.L.D.)
  • 20. – 26.02.2017: Reise nach Israel und Palästina als Botschafter für SOS-Kinderdörfer weltweit
  • 14.10.2016: Berlin, Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
  • 14.09.2016: Meran, Schloss Schenna (Meraner Musikwochen)
  • 26.02.2016: Berlin, Radialsystem V (chor.com)
  • 04.12.2015: Hamburg, Hauptkirche St. Michaelis
  • 20./21.11.2015: Leipzig, 10 JAHRE SJAELLA – Jubiläumskonzerte in der Ev.-reformierten Kirche und dem UT Connewitz
  • 14.11.2015: Treviso (Italien), Museum Santa Caterina (Viva Voce)
  • 19.10.2015: München, Club Milla (U21, BR Klassik live)
  • 18. – 27.08.2015: Konzertreise Finnland (Region Helsinki)
  • 15.08.2015: Trier, Konstantinbasilika (Mosel Musikfestival)
  • 14.03.2015: München, Allerheiligenhofkirche
  • 17. – 21.09.2014: Konzertreise Sardinien
  • 19.07.2014: Magdeburg, Dom (MDR Musiksommer)
  • 13.05.2014: Leipzig, Gewandhaus, Großer Saal (Konzert mit Bobby McFerrin)
  • 10.05.2014: Bayreuth, Neues Schloss (Musica Bayreuth)
  • 09.02.2014: Berlin, IHK (Berlinale Preisverleihung)
  • 09.12.2013: Berlin, Französischer Dom
  • 14.10.2012: Poznan (Polen), Musikakademie (Acappella Poznan Festival)
  • 30.09.2012: Marl, Theater
Press

Press reviews

SÜDWEST PRESSE 01/2017

‘The six young women in the vocal sextet Sjaella were a great success at Crailsheim Town Hall [...] with a soft, well-balanced and slightly spherical sound [...]’

 

OSNABRÜCKER ZEITUNG 11/2016

‘[...] They make highly subtle use of their crystal-clear singing for thoughtful and beautiful interpretations. Their voices are balanced in a way that allows them to become outstandingly interwoven. Their excellent singing technique indeed allows the musicians to use their voices as instruments [...]. These young women use their warm and charming rapport with the audience to show how fantastically well classical music can work in these fast-moving times. You can see why Sjaella has been garnering international prizes in a-capella classical music for years.’

 

TRIERISCHER VOLKSFREUND 08/2015

‘[...] Sjaella offered the audience atmosphere, emotion and above all high quality, making this evening a particularly special vocal event. The singers built bridges between old music and new compositions, bringing together contemporary sounds with the tonal language of centuries long past. The six voices were blended with impressively pure intonation, creating an ethereal atmosphere that could not fail to move anyone [...]’

KLASSIK.COM 3/2014

‘[...] Sjaella is very special in many ways. It has a light, soaring, ethereal sound, which is very pure, without external force, light and natural. Everything is put across so artfully in the moment, that it appears absolutely natural, lightly rendered, with a strong contemplative element. The intonation is soaring and free, and wonderfully consistent [...] They cover a very expressive range, from artistic high sopranos to truly deep altos. This creates an almost unmistakeable ensemble sound, which infuses a variety of styles into a shared ideal [...]’ Dr. Matthias Lange

LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG 11/2013

Praise for the CD »Preisung«

"Like after the mythical blossoming of Mantua during the Renaissance, a highly exotic constellation has emerged: a cappella ensembles composed solely of female voices. This has led to the development of an ethereal range of sound, like that nurtured by the amazing ensemble Sjaella, and it is difficult not to succumb to their charm. The latest CD from the sextet features pieces by Simon Wawer, Ekkehard Meister, Paul Heller, David Timm and Volker Bräutigam, which were largely composed for the voices of this ensemble. In very few instances can one talk about New Music; what you have here is more of a soft and soulful flow of timelessness. The 14 stirring tracks come from a place that is pure, intimate and bewitching - and they are all vocally sublime." kfm

BAYRISCHER RUNDFUNK BR KLASSIK 09/2011

"They haven't just very successfully left their visiting card at many festivals; they have also emerged from contests as winners. Their youngest member is just about sixteen [...] The intonation is impeccable, as is the dynamic balance and what they want to achieve from their sound [...] They embody a stunning perfection, that the pop scene [...] rarely throws up."