Brussels Philharmonic | Carolina Eyck, theremin

Carolina Eyck, theremin

Carolina Eyck is one of the worlds leading theremin players [...] and is a pioneer of this relatively new instrument.

At the age of 7 Carolina Eyck got her first theremin lessons by Lydia Kavina. After her debut in the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002 she has been invited to various concerts and festivals in the whole world.

As a soloist and chamber musician she has collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Robert Kolinsky, Gerhard Oppitz, the conductors Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Gürer Aykal and John Storgårds, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the HR-Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Symphonic Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and ACME, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble.

From 2011 on an increasing number of pieces have been written for the theremin, very often composed straightaway for Carolina. The first one was the Theremin Concerto “Air” by Andrew Norman. In 2012, Carolina played the theremin solo at the world premiere of the two symphonies Mesopotamia and Universe by Fazil Say. The Finnish composer Kalevi Aho dedicated the Theremin Concerto “Eight Seasonsto Carolina which she has recorded and been awarded an ECHO-Klassik for. In October 2016 Carolina and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) released her own composition Fantasias for Theremin and String Quartet.

Together with the pianist and composer Christopher Tarnow she is forming a duo since 2013. Their works have been published on the CD “Theremin Sonatas” in October 2015 by the label GENUIN. Together with an assembled team of skilled musicians Carolina is developing a new set of music, encompassing different styles of electronics and jazz-related standards. The Carolina Eyck Band consists of Carolina Eyck (theremin/vocals), Lukas Rabe (piano/electronics), Jacob Müller (bass) and Philpp Scholz (drums).

Carolina Eyck has conducted workshops, lectures and master classes worldwide, e.g. at the Juilliard School New York and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Leipzig. In 2006, she published the first extensive theremin method book entitled “The Art of Playing the Theremin”. Since 2010 she is the artistic director of the Theremin Summer Academy in Colmar (France) and the Theremin Spring Academy in Leipzig (since 2013).

As a synesthete Carolina experiences clear links between color and sound both while listening to and playing music. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that she also intensively involved with painting. For example she realized that Christopher Tarnow’s music is a mirror for her of her own pictures which, despite their consistent clarity, are characterized by multiple layers of color. It is not least of all because of this that Carolina feels that this artistic collaboration is particularly intensive.