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Masami Takeuchi: First Professional Thereminist of Japan

Japanese Theremin player Masami Takeuchi with a Big Briar Series 91Theremin

The Japanese theremin scene is a lively one. But it’s not easy to find information about it since most of the web sites are in the Japanese language only and Japanese theremin enthusiasts usually do not participate in English language online forums. The result is that Japan is like a theremin world apart. That’s why […]

Friends of the Theremin

The Japanese “Friends of Theremin” association is probably the biggest theremin club of the world. This interview with a representative of the association give us an insight of the Japanese theremin scene. Sato: How many theremins have been sold in Japan? FOT: It’s difficult to say, but I can say that almost every member of […]

Alexandra Stepanoff

Thereminist Alexandra Stepanoff.

A short biography of Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States Alexandra Stepanoff. Alexandra Stepanoff was Léon Théremin’s first theremin student in the United States. Formerly a concert singer, around the late twenties she moved from Russia to New York where, thanks to the local Russian community, she met Léon Théremin. Stepanoff participated […]

A Portrait of Mischa Tulin

Thereminist Mischa Tulin.

Mischa Tulin landed in New York, coming from near St. Petersburg, Russia, just at the onset of the Russian Revolution circa 1917. His musical forte was the piano and composition. While working for RCA, he was sent to Russia to persuade Prof. Theremin to come to the U.S. where RCA would benefit from his electronic […]

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen was a French composer and organist who championed the Ondes Martenot, of which his sister-in-law, Jeanne Loriod, was a leading exponent. Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer and organist. Messiaen was born in Avignon into a literary family: his mother was the poet Cécile Sauvage, while […]

Christian Wolff

Christian Wolff

Christian Wolff is an American composer of experimental classical music. Christian Wolff (born March 8, 1934) is an American composer of experimental classical music. Wolff was born in Nice in France, moving to the United States in 1941 and become an American citizen in 1946. He studied classics at Harvard University and upon graduating took […]