Thorwald Jorgensen

Thorwald Jorgensen

Thorwald Jorgensen

At the age of 14, Thorwald Jørgensen started his first percussion lessons with Peter Elberse (timpanist at the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra). After finishing high school he went on to study classical percussion at the Utrecht and Tilburg Conservatory, where he studied with Werner Otten, Hans Zonderop, Johan Faber and Peter de Vries. He graduated with a Music Masters as a student of Arnold Marinissen. During his training, Thorwald took masterclasses with Darcy Grey, Ian Wright and Peter Prommel.

Taking up the theremin was a logical progression. This instrument also requires a skilled coordination of the left and right hand. Thorwald studied with the renowned Theremin virtuosa Lydia Kavina, who was the last protegé of Leon Theremin, the inventor of the instrument. Together with Lydia Thorwald has played at several festivals and concerts. One of the highlights in his cooperation with Lydia Kavina was the premiere of an original quintet by Jospeh Schillinger for two Theremins, two Theremincello’s and a Thereminkeyboard in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

Thorwald is currently being coached by Saskia Boon, a former cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Together with Boon he studies the repertoire for string instruments and original compositions for Theremin. Furthermore they work on the adaptation of string player’s techniques in Thorwald’s own Theremin technique.

As a solist, Thorwald has played with orchestra at a number of large concert halls, like Vredenburg, Paradiso, De Doelen, Concertzaal Tilburg and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He also performed solo recitals in smaller venues in the Netherlands and abroad. Thorwald is also very fond of chamber music in every setting, from Theremin and piano to larger ensembles. He played original chamber music for Theremin and ensemble by Bohuslav Martinu, Miklos Rozsá, Percy Grainger and Joseph Schillinger. Apart from these original works Thorwald has got several arranged compositions in his repertoire. He performed the Bacchianas Brasileiras (which was originally written for soprano) by Villa Lobos with cello octet, and several other works by Bach and Alyabiev with string quartet.

Besides playing the instrument Thorwald is particularly interested in the history of the instrument, and more specifically the compositions that were written for it. He has managed to collect an expansive library of original works for Theremin. This collection is still growing, as several composers have written new music for Thorwald. The Lebanese composer Houtaf Khoury has dedicated a new concertino for Theremin and orchestra to him.

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