MAG FESTIVAL 2019
THORWALD JØRGENSEN is known as one of the leading classical theremin players in the world. After graduating from the conservatory, he quickly established himself as one of the most prominent players of the instrument and made full-time career of playing the instrument. Since the playing technique also resembles that of a string instrument, Thorwald was coached by Saskia Boon, former cellist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Having a busy concert schedule, Thorwald has played to great reviews as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral thereminist in Europe, both North and South America, Canada and Russia.A remarkable highlight
was the Dutch premiere of the theremin concertino by Anis Fuleihan.Besides these concerts, Thorwald also performed for radio and television and played at festivals, like: Festival Classique (NL), Bach Festival
(NL), Without Touch (DE) Hands Off (UK), Node (CH), Music and Beyond (CA), Festival Electromagnética Santiago (CL), International Film Festival Rotterdam / IFFR (NL) Gaudeamus Music Week (NL), Havana Biennial (CU),
Ravinia Festival (USA), MAG Festival (HR), Festival Ars Musica Bruxelles (BE) Klassifest (NL), Festival Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques (CA), Fête de la Musique Geneve (CH), and the Thereminology Festival in Moscow and
St Petersburg (RU).
He was also invited as a guest teacher/lecturer/performer at renowned institutions like the Conservatory of Amsterdam (NL), Rotterdam (NL), St. Petersburg (RU), Nizhny Novgorod (RU), Stanford University (USA),
Harvard University (USA) and the University of Havana (CU).
Thorwald played as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the world, such as Philharmonie Zuid-Nederland, Brussels Philharmonic, Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Zeeland Symphony Orchestra, Opera2Day, Kammerphilharmonie
Bremen, Dutch Theatre Orchestra, Antalya Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa Chamber Players, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Bursa State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie,
Bremen Philharmonic, Norrköping symphony orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra and the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey. As a chamber musician, Thorwald works with both pianist Kamilla Bystrova and the Utrecht String
A highlight was the world premiere of Canadian composer Simon Bertrand The invisible singer - an album for theremin and string quartet, performed during the Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands. Thorwald
is an advocate for new theremin repertoire and composers from all over the world have written pieces for him. Recently Thorwald also started composing himself, resulting in several solo pieces for the theremin.
His first composition Distant Shores for theremin, voice and loop-station was an instant success and was recorded for TV and radio in Canada, Turkey, Cuba, Russia, USA and the Netherlands. Thorwald Currently plays
an Etherwave Pro MOOG theremin.
“A musical highlight of the evening was Thorwald
Jørgensen and his theremin"Trouw (review on his participation at the Dutch Bach Festival)“Thorwald gives a string-like quality to the sound,
with perfect control over-pitches that he literally plucks out of thin air.”Ottawa Citizen (review on a recital at Music and Beyond festival)“Thorwald enchants audiences with his theremin."Noord Hollands Dagblad (review
on Recital at the Amsterdam Hermitage) “A
must see!”O-Globo (on performance at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)“Virtuoso Thorwald Jørgensen who yesterday alongside the
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra gave a unique performance.What we saw and heard was magical.
This wasn't a concert, it was a revelation!”CyBC Radio (review on concerts with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra) “Playing in thin air, but Jørgensen did it ever so refined.”PZC (review on solo performance with the Zeeland
Symphony Orchestra)“Thorwald brought high-minded seriousness to his
performances with a virtuoso’s commitment to craft and artistry." Review of New York Recital by "Off the Air" Radio“A world-class thereminist.”El Mercurio (describing his performance at Festival Electromagnética in Santiago,
“Thorwald Jørgensen is a highly accomplished player,
operating his difficult instrument with admirable concentration and accuracy.”Musicologist and critic Thea Derks on his performance at Jørgensen’s solo composition “Distant Shores”“Dutch Theremin specialist Thorwald Jørgensen was the
star of the performance.”Boston Globe (review of concerts with Boston Philharmonic)“Thorwald Jørgensen was a standout soloist.”Boston Musical Intelligencer (review of concerts with Boston Philharmonic)“Jørgensen showed the full potential of his instrument
and was rewarded with an overwhelming applause.” Türkiye'nin Kültür Sanat Portali (review of concerts with the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey)“Most impressive was Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the
Bumblebee.”"Jørgensen’s remarkable hand dexterity makes this the most
convincing and bee-sounding version of this piece that I’ve heard!” The Whole Note (review solo recital in Ottawa)“After
the final piece, Thorwald Jørgensen and the Bursa State Orchestra received
cheers and a long-standing ovation.”Konyaninsesi Gazette (review concert with Bursa State Orchestra)“He Tenderly awoke a magical landscape.” Der Patriot (review of performance in Lippstadt, Germany) “One of the greatest thereminists in the world.” Easy
News (review of performance in Lucca, Italy)“The evening began with a spectacular opening show in
the big hall of Paradiso,Amsterdamwith an impressive theremin solo by Thorwald Jørgensen.”Maestro Music Today (review of performance during Klassifest 2018 in Paradiso, Amsterdam) “After
his performance with the Antalya Symphony Orchestra theremininst Thorwald Jørgensen
received a standing ovation.” Hürriyet (review of performance with the Antalya Symphony Orchestra)“His command of the instrument clearly reflects
mastery.” San Francisco Classical Voice (review of performance with the Friction String Quartet in San Francisco, USA)
More information is available at Thorwald’s website:http://www.thorwaldjorgensen.com