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Thorwald Jorgensen


Biography highlights

Thorwald Jørgensen is currently one of the leading classical theremin players in the world.

He graduated in classical percussion from the Utrecht and Tilburg Conservatory, and was later on coached by Saskia Boon, former cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Thorwald currently plays a Moog Etherwave Pro theremin.



Festival Classique and Bach Festival (the Netherlands), Music & Beyond (Canada), Rio X Harp Festival (Brazil), Festival Electromagnética (Chile), Thereminology (Russia), Node (Switzerland), Hands Off (UK), Without Touch (Germany)



Thorwald performed solo with several orchestras, such as Brussels Philharmonic, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Canada Chamber Players, TY Chamber Orchestra, Dutch Theatre Orchestra, Zeeland Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and Limburg Symphony Orchestra, Haagen Symphony Orchestra, as well as with musicians and ensembles, such as Ragazze String Quartet, Remy van Kesteren (harp), Quator CoryFeye, Dirk Luijmes (harmonium), Kamilla Bystrova (piano), and Jean Desmarais (piano).


REPERTOIRE (selection)

Original repertoire for theremin and orchestra

-  First Airphonic Suite for Theremin and Orchestra (1929)

-  Concerto for Theremin and Orchestra by Anis Fuleihan (1945)

-  Fantasie - Martinu (1945)

-  Spellbound Concerto - Miklos Rosza (1945)

-  Deux Movements Symphoniques - Jenö Takácks (1938)

-  Ed Wood suite - Howard Shore (2000)

-  Lumière dans la Nuit - Houtaf Khoury (2010 - written for Thorwald Jørgensen)

-  Sirenum Scopuli - Victor Herbiet (2015 - Written for Thorwald Jørgensen)


Original Chamber music for theremin

-  Fantasie for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano - Martinu (1945)

-  Spellbound concerto for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano by Miklos Rozsa (1945)

-  Pastorale for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano - Fuleihan (1945)

-  Dracula for voice, theremin and thirteen instruments - David del Tredici (1999)

-  Dark Dark Forest - Andrew Popoff (2011 - Written for Thorwald Jørgensen)

-  Suite for theremin, harp and strings - Victor Herbiet (2015 - written for Thorwald Jørgensen)

-  Healings for theremin, duduk, muted trumpet and saxophone quartet (2013)


Arranged for theremin and orchestra

-  Vocalise - Rachmaninoff

-  Serenade Mélancolique - Tchaikovsky

-  Le Rossignol - Alyabieff

-  Bachianas Brasileiras no.5 - Villa Lobos (for theremin and cello octet)

-  Adagio con Variazione - Rhespigi

-  Hebrew Melody - Achron

-  Chant du Menestrel - Glazunov

-  Romance – Wieniawski


Orchestral works with theremin part

-  Fourth Symphony - Charles Ives (1910, theremin part added in 1928)

-  Odna - Dmitri Shostakovich (1931)

-  Gavrill Popov - Symphonic Suite no.1 (1933)

-  Spellbound Concerto for piano and orchestra - Miklos Rozsa (1946)

-  Nagasaki Oratorium - Alfred Schnittke (1958)

-  Dreams and Whispers of Poseidon - Lera Auerbach (2005)

-  Icarus - Lera Auerbach (2006)

-  Symphony no.1 - Lera Auerbach (2006)

-  Symphony no.1 - Maxime Aulio (2009)


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