Carolina Eyck, thereminist
“Eyck has been honing her unique craft since the age of seven, and here we have evidence of her finesse at sharp-shooting pitch and manipulating tone, as she unwinds a plaintive aria.” – New York Public Radio
“Eyck modernizes the Theremin, merging it within classical tradition like child’s play.” – Electronic Musician
“Carolina Eyck is the Queen of Theremin.” – Cicero
“Plainspoken and funny on stage, she’s a serious artist and avid advocate of her instrument, which she has worked into numerous musical settings.” – Blogcritics
“Carolina Eyck has done much to rid the theremin of its gimmick status and legitimize it as an instrument that can credibly take its place in any number of serious music contexts.” – Textura
Carolina Eyck is a German-Sorbian musician and composer, largely recognized as the world’s leading theremin virtuoso. She was awarded the Echo Klassik Prize for “Concert Recording of the Year” in 2015. Of her 2019 Tiny Desk concert, NPR reports, "to play the theremin like Eyck does, with her lyrical phrasing and precisely 'fingered' articulation, takes a special kind of virtuosity." Electronic Musician proclaims, “Eyck modernizes the theremin, merging it within the classical tradition like child’s play,” while Textura states, “Carolina Eyck has done much to rid the theremin of its gimmick status and legitimize it as an instrument that can credibly take its place in any number of serious music contexts.” Cicero calls her the “queen of the theremin.”
Carolina Eyck was a child prodigy, beginning her studies at age seven with Lydia Kavina and developing her own eight-finger-position playing technique by age 16. She published
The Art of Playing the Theremin, which teaches her technique, at just 17 years old. Her
method is now being used by thereminists around the world and has revolutionized how the instrument is played.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Eyck has given concerts worldwide, and has collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Robert Kolinsky, Gerhard Oppitz, the conductors Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Gürer Aykal, John Storgårds and Brad Lubman. She has been a soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Argentine National Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, and the Heidelberg Symphonic Orchestra.
She has performed in concert halls around the world, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., MONA (Museum of New and Old Art) Tasmania, Konzerthaus Berlin, Bozar Brussels, Rudolfinum in Prague, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) Buenos Aires, Teatro National de Guatemala, and Centro Gabriela Mistral Santiago, Chile. Concertos for theremin and orchestra have been written for Eyck by composers including Kalevi Aho, Andrew Norman, Dalit Warshaw, and Régis Campo. She was also featured in the premiere of Fazil Say's Universe and Mesopotamia Symphonies.
In 2016, Carolina Eyck began touring her innovative solo Theremin & Voice program. Employing loops and a variety of sound effects, she develops whole choirs onstage and extends the theremin's color palette. By singing without lyrics, voice and theremin merge symbiotically and can no longer be distinguished from each other. Eyck’s next album, Elegies for Theremin and Voice, features her original compositions and improvisations and will be released in September 2019 in connection with the 100th anniversary of the invention of the theremin.
Carolina Eyck’s transcription of Ennio Morricone's The Ecstasy of Gold has been viewed more than 15 million times online. She enjoys collaborating with contemporary artists from a variety of genres, and has performed or recorded with rock legend Steve Vai, singer-songwriter Gotye, DJ Jeff Mills, guitarist Jim Moginie, Tangerine Dream, multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, among others. Eyck has also performed in a duo with pianist and composer Christopher Tarnow since 2013, producing two records. In 2016, she released an album featuring her own composition Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Carolina Eyck regularly conducts theremin workshops, lectures, and master classes worldwide. She is the artistic director of the Theremin Academy in Colmar (France), Leipzig, and Berlin (Germany). In 2018, she gave a TED x Talk about the symbiosis of self-control and freedom while playing the theremin. A documentary about her work, Carolina and the Waves, is currently in production.
Highlights for Eyck’s 2019-2020 season include solo performances with the BBC Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Albany Symphony, as well as a U.S. tour in connection with the release of her album,Elegies for Theremin and Voice. Recent U.S. highlights include performances presented by the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Mansion, and San Francisco Ballet.
For more information, visit www.carolinaeyck.com.
Photo by Christian Hüller
THEREMIN SOLO AND ORCHESTRA - ORIGINAL WORKS
Régis Campo — Dancefloor With Pulsing for Theremin & Orchestra (2018)
Andrew Norman: Air for Theremin and Orchestra (2011)
Dalit Warshaw — Sirens for Theremin & Orchestra (2016; premiere fall 2019)
Kalevi Aho — Theremin Concerto "Eight Seasons" for Theremin & Chamber Orchestra (2011)
Anis Fuleihan — Fantasy Concerto for Theremin & Orchestra (1945)
Bohuslav Martinů — Fantasia for Theremin, Oboe, Piano & String Orchestra (1944)
Miklós Rózsa — Spellbound Concerto for Theremin, Oboe, Piano & Orchestra (1945)
Joseph Schillinger — First Airphonic Suite for Theremin & Orchestra (1929)
Jan Bilk — Stigma Integrum Concerto for Theremin & String Orchestra (2006)
Carolina Eyck — Syllableaves for Theremin & Orchestra (2009)
THEREMIN SOLO AND ORCHESTRA - ARRANGEMENTS
Antonín Dvorák — "Waldesruhe" Op. 68, No. 5 for Theremin & Orchestra
Gabriel Fauré — "Sicilienne" Op. 78 for Theremin & Orchestra
THEREMIN IN ORCHESTRAL MUSIC
Fazil Say — Universe Symphony No. 3 (2012)
Fazil Say — Mesopotamia Symphony No. 2 (2011)
Lera Auerbach — Cinderella Ballet (2011)
Lera Auerbach — The Little Mermaid Ballet (2007)
Lera Auerbach — First Symphony (2006)
Lera Auerbach — Icarus (2006)
Howard Shore — Ed Wood Suite (2000)
Theremin Concerto, "Acht Jahreszeiten" by Kalevi Aho
Mesopotamia Symphony & Universe Symphony by Fazil Say