Thorwald Jørgensen plays ‘Thin Air’ during Festivals for Compassion
We could not let the CityProms 2020 weekend pass unnoticed! On Sunday 28 June you can enjoy the CityProms contribution to Festivals for Compassion, , where different European festivals show their compassion and solidarity with everyone affected by the Corona virus. Every festival chooses its own artist and instrument to play ‘Thin Air’, a composition by the Composer Laureat of the Netherlands, Calliope Tsoupaki. CityProms has chosen the Theremin player Thorwald Jørgensen ‘Thin Air’, accompanied by the pianist, Kamilla Bystrova.
‘Thin Air’ premieres on 20 June on NPO Radio 4 during the Holland Festival. Already there are more than 42 national and international festivals connected, including the Helsinki Festival, The London Festival of Baroque Music and the Vilnius Festival in Latvia.
The recording will be streamed live on Sunday, June 28 from 3 p.m. by Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2028 .
About the artists
Thorwald Jøgensen studied classical percussion in Utrecht and Tilburg. After his study , he took up the Theremin and has since toured the whole world as an ambassador for the instrument. He is one of the few musicians who has dedicate his life to this very special instrument and he has performed with a wide range of orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
The Theremin is an extraordinary electronic musical instrument that is played by varying the distance of the players hands to two antennae. The players does not touch the instrument at all. The Theremin was invented in 1919 by Léon Theremin and was the first analogue instrument that was able to change pitch seamlessly.
Kamilla Bystrova was born in Moscow and completed her basic piano training at the illustrious Heinrich Neuhaus school, where Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels and Radu Lupu also studied. She gained her masters at the Leningrad Conservatoire. After her studies she performed throughout Europe with the Moscow Philharmonic. She took a second masters study with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, where she was invited to stay as teacher in the piano faculty.