May 12, 2019  | Carolina Eyck, theremin & Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ (and more)

Concert Fokker organ | 2019-05-12, 11.00 hours | Small Hall - Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

The Theremin Stories

Carolina Eyck, one of the best interpreters of the theremin in the world, is the special guest musician during a concert in which this mysterious instrument is at the center. In 2019 it is exactly one hundred years ago that the theremin was invented; an electronic musical instrument that is played by varying the distance between the hands and two antennas, while the player does not touch the instrument. This early electronic instrument was invented in the Soviet Union in 1919 by Léon Theremin (Lev Sergeyevich Termen, 1896-1993), a Russian inventor who experimented with magnetic fields, high-frequency circuits and optics at a young age. Around 1927 he went on a world tour with the theremin and the audience was surprised by his almost ghostly sounds. A year later he arrived in New York, where he applied for a patent on the theremin and sold the production license to the American electronics company RCA. At that time he also had his name Americanized to Léon Theremin. In 1930 he also invented the first drum computer, the rhythmicon, commissioned by the American composer Henry Cowell. The theremin later became popular with important interpreters, such as Clara Rockmore, a student of Léon Theremin. But even now there are musicians who can play the theremin at the highest level, such as Carolina Eyck (1987) from Leipzig, who already got her first lessons on the instrument at the age of seven from Lydia Kavina, and gives concerts all over the world. She made her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie at the age of fifteen. With her flawless technique in the air, she knows how to bring different musical styles to sound. And that is convenient, because in the program 'The Theremin Stories' she will give an overview of how the theremin has sounded during the past hundred years. She is accompanied by Fokker organist Ere Lievonen, with as sidekick the well-known Dutch composer/performer Wouter Snoei, who, along with Carolina Eyck, will demonstrate the similarities between the theremin and the 31-tone organ to the audience. You can order tickets at the box office of the Muziekgebouw.

After this concert, a workshop will be given by Carolina Eyck in the Small Hall from 12.45 to 14.00 hours for those who are interested in the theremin. The costs for this workshop are €13.50. Tickets can be ordered at the box office of the Muziekgebouw. >>>   >>>

Sunday 12 May 2019, 11.00 hours | Small Hall, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Prices: € 13,50 Normal | € 11,00 Stadspas | € 11,00 CJP |



Carolina Eyck, theremin / voice

Ere Lievonen, Fokker organ

Wouter Snoei, electronics




Mattias Sköld (1976) - Fear Not (2011)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) – Vocalise-Étude (1935)

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) – The Swan (1886)

Daniel Kenntner (1979) – Tanzskizzen (2007) mov. 1 & 4

Carolina Eyck performs works from her solo program Theremin & Voice

Bill Coates (1917-1997) - Reflections (Septimal Melody no. 1)

Wouter Snoei & Carolina Eyck - Improvisation




This concert is made possible by the support of: Bert Terpstra, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Gemeente Amsterdam (district East).

Also the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (renovation Fokker organ), the SNS REAAL Fonds (renovation Fokker organ) and the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Show our sponsors