Thiem to present recital On Saturday, Oct. 4, The University of South Dakota will hold two events highlighting the cello. Cellist Barbara Thiem will present a clinic/masterclass on the physiology of cello playing at 1:30 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall, Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.
Thiem acquired her expertise in this field as teaching assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University, and translator for Gerhard Mantel's seminal book on cello technique. Both Starker and Mantel are noted for this aspect of cello pedagogy. At 8 p.m., Thiem will be joined by pianist Theresa Bogard for a cello recital, also in Colton Recital Hall. Both events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Thiem is an internationally acclaimed cellist who combines teaching cello and coaching chamber music with her active schedule of performances in Europe and the United States, playing recitals, solos with orchestra, and chamber music. She is a member of the Mendelssohn Trio and each summer serves as associate director at the International Summer Academy of Schloss Ort, Austria.
She holds degrees from Cologne, Germany where she studied with avant-garde cellist Siegfried Palm, and from Indiana University where she was assistant to Janos Starker and was awarded the coveted
Performer's Certificate. In addition to concertizing, she has recorded from many radio stations and has produced several CDs. She has also published in the fields of cello technique and medical research.