Theremin Artist Lydia Kavina

Lydia Kavina

For my latest post about Glenn Miller trombonist and electronic Theremin player Paul Tanner, I did a lot of research about the electronic music instrument Theremin, invented in 1919 by the Russian Lev Termen (also written “Léon Theremin”).

During this research I discovered a wonderful Theremin player called Lydia Kavina. She’s a grand-niece of Lev Termen and was taught by himself. Not only the music is fascinating but also her performance. The Theremin is played without being touched, gracefully and concentrated she moves her arms through the air. When she moves her right hand away from the vertical antenna, the sound becomes lower. The left hand controls the horizontal antenna and influences the intensity of the sound.