He is a young innovator, far ahead of his time, who with a bachelor degree in Jazz Violin plays his six stringed instrument so eloquently. Yannick plays a highly unique instrument manufactured by the Luthier Eric Aceto. The instrument is a six stringed instrument allowing him to play as low as F2 and all the way up to the regular violin register.
Yannick Hiwat isn’t limited to one genre. He takes you on a journey and tells you stories on the wave of the sounds he produces with his unique instrument. A true virtuoso!
As the bandleader of Yannick Hiwat Quartet(s) he combined the tradition of the jazz quartet with that of the string quartet in order to innovate both scenes.
As the lead violinist for Re:Freshed Orchestra he has played on many stages such as: North Sea Jazz Festival, Noorderslag, Uitmarkt live broadcast, Jazz ’round Town, Life I Live, and many others.
In his latest endeavor he created a 60-piece full Orchestra which is named: Ananse Orchestra.
He conducts, compose, arrange for Ananse Orchestra. More to come.
Yannick has worked with: Snarky Puppy, Akua Naru, Sandra St. Victor, Ronan Keating, Sabrina Starke, La Rouge, Pan Afrikanz, Phatt, Pete Philly, Zap Mama, Renee Neufville, Tasha’s World, Karsu Donmez and many others.