My European Faces: Clara Rockmore, worlds foremost Theremin virtuoso, was Lithuanian & European

Clara Rockmore, a virtuoso musician on the first electronic instrument

When Clara Rockmore, a child prodigy violinist, was not able to play the violin anymore, she turned to the predecessor of the synthesizer: The Theremin. The Russian inventor Léon Theremin optimized his creation with her input, and even dedicated it to her. Her self control and ability to express emotion on this first electronic instrument remain unsurpassed. She was Lithuanian, American and European.

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