• Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 31 Caroline Street North Waterloo, ON, N2L 6B9 Canada

A rare opportunity! Straight from Berlin, Carolina Eyck, international theremin virtuoso.

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The Open Ears Festival and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics present:

Conducting the Ether

Pushing the Perimeter, Thursday, June 2, 8:00 pm at the Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas 

From Tesla coils to tales of the theremin, this concert draws its thrills from the electric ether in these remarkable new and older works for chamber ensemble.   2014 Giller Prize-winning author Sean Michaels will be present to read from his brilliant historical novel ‘Us Conductors’ setting the scene for the 1928 beginnings of the theremin – the world’s first motion sensor music instrument.   The program begins with Martinu’s seminal work for theremin and chamber ensemble (1944) and extends to a new work for karlax – a new motion sensor instrument designed by Da Fact (Paris, France) and performed by D
Andrew Stewart.

Since her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, Carolina Eyck has established herself internationally as the world's foremost theremin virtuoso.  Her stunning technique will be featured in several works including a new work by Omar Daniel.

This concert is presented in partnership with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics as a part of the innovative Pushing the Perimeter Series.


Carolina Eyck, theremin

James Mason, oboe

Gregory Oh, piano

D. Andrew Stewart, karlax

Ian Whitman, bass

Sean Michaels, author


Sean Michaels - ‘Us Conductors’ novel (2014) excerpts

Bohuslav Martinu - Fantasia for theremin, oboe, string quartet and piano (1944) 

D Andrew Stewart - New work for karlax and string quartet (2016 Premiere)

Omar Daniel - New work for theremin, tesla coil, organ, and string quartet (2016 Premiere) 

Jan Bilk - ‘stigma integrum’ for theremin and string quintet (2009)


German-born musician and composer Carolina Eyck is one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi. After her debut in the Berlin Philharmonic, she has been invited to the Bohuslav Martinu International Music Festival in Basel, the Davos Festival (Switzerland), the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg (Austria), the Teatro Nacional Lisbon (Portugal) and the Palace of Arts Budapest (Hungary). She has given concerts in Poland, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Hungary, Pakistan, Turkey and the United States. These concert tours are also an occasion for Carolina to learn some words of the respective national languages.

During her concert tours, Carolina is especially inspired by meeting other musicians and ensembles. She has collaborated with Heinz Holliger, Robert Kolinsky, Gerhard Oppitz, Andrey Boreyko, Michael Sanderling, Gürer Aykal, John Storgårds, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg State Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Symphonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. She was guest musician of the Hamburg Ballet performing "The Little Mermaid" by Lera Auerbach in Japan and San Francisco (USA). In 2012, Carolina played the theremin solo at the world premiere of the two symphonies “Mesopotamia” and “Universe” by Fazil Say. Finnish composer Kalevi Aho dedicated a theremin concert to Carolina which she performed for the first time in October 2012.

Besides her engagements in the area of classical and contemporary music, Carolina loves improvising and composing. She was winner of the International Competition for Composers arranged by Radio/TV Berlin-Brandenburg in 2006. Together with her duo partner, the jazz guitarist Vinzenz Wieg, she keeps on discovering new soundscapes and unconventional methods of play. For Carolina, music and painting belong together as she is not thinking in tunes, but in colours when improvising. She puts these colours down on paper whenever she can.

Carolina Eyck seeks to pass on her knowledge about playing the theremin. She published the first extensive theremin method book entitled “The Art of Playing the Theremin”, and has since conducted workshops, lectures and master classes worldwide. Since 2010 she is the artistic director of the Theremin Summer Academy in Colmar, France.

The Pushing the Perimeter Concert Series is a co-presentation with Inter Arts MatrixNUMUS Concerts, Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics