Lydia Kavina

Lydia Kavina

Lydia Kavina

Lydia Kavina is currently one of the leading performing musicians on the theremin. Born in Moscow Lydia  began studying the theremin at the age of 9 under the direction of  Léon Theremin, who was cousin of her grandfather.  Five years later she was ready to give her first  theremin concert, which marked the beginning of her musical career that has so far led to more than a thousand concerts and theatre, radio and television performances throughout the world.

Lydia’s current project is the theremin solo in ”The Little Mermaid”, a ballet by Lera Auerbach, choreographed by John Neumeier, in Copenhagen’s New Opera House(2005) and in the Hamburger Staatsoper (2007-2009).

As a solo performer Ms. Kavina appeared at such prestigious venues as the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, London  Barbican, Chatelet Theatre in Paris and Amsterdam Concertgebouw (with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra under Reinbert de Lewes). She collaborated with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia  under V. Spivakov and with London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lydia has been invited by leading music festivals, including New York’s Lincoln Center Festival, the Holland Music Festival, the Martinu Festival in Prague, the Electronic Music Festival in Burge, and Moscow “Avantgarde”.

Mrs. Kavina recorded 3 solo CDs with original music for theremin  and played for a number of film soundtracks including “Ed Wood” and “eXistetnZ” with music  by Howard Shore and ”The Machinist” by Roque Banos.

She has also featured in stage productions, such as ”Alice” and ”The Black Rider” (both conceived and directed by Robert Wilson, with music by Tom Waits) in the Hamburg Thalia Theater and Halle Kalk in Cologne and played theremin line for Russian Bolshoi.

Lydia performs most of the classical theremin repertoire, including popular orchestra works for the theremin by B. Martinu, J. Schillinger and “Spellbound” by M. Rosza.

As a theremin enthusiast Lydia  constantly seeks to expand the theremin repertoire, frequently performing lesser known music of the 20th century such as  “Equatorial” by E. Varese, Obouchov’s “Testament” and the graphical scores of Percy Grainger.

Lydia has written a number of her own compositions, including a Concerto for theremin and symphony orchestra, first performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra, under Gil Rose.

Ms. Kavina is an active promoter of new experimental music for the theremin. In collaboration with Barbara Buchholz and Kamerensemble Neue Musik Berlin she established  the “Touch! Don’t Touch!” project and commissioned 20 modern composers in writing contemporary pieces for the theremin. This music was performed in Germany throughout 2005-2008 and published on a CD.

Lydia is strongly committed to educational activities, encouraging student musicians and beginners to learn the instrument and take the instrument seriously. She constantly integrates  master classes, workshops and lectures in her concert schedule. Her video tutorial “Mastering the Theremin” recorded with  Moog Music, is widely used  among beginners.

Ms. Kavina holds a degree in composition from the Moscow Conservatory, where she also accomplished a postgraduate assistantship program and  conducted a class of classical theremin at the studio of electronic music for a number of years.

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