Barbara 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, solo with orchestra, and chamber music. She is a member of the Mendelssohn Trio and has often administered 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 for many radio stations and has produced several cds among them a set of Bach Suites for cello solo, Complete Works by Felix Draeseke for cello and piano with pianist Wolfgang Mueller-Steinbach, Works for Cello and Organ with organist Robert Cavarra, and Cello/Bass duets with Gary Karr. She has published the translation of Gerhard Mantel's Cello Technique as well as a number of articles on good postural and practicing habits which appeared in the ASTA and Suzuki Journals. She has also been involved in research as part of Music Therapy at CSU.
Presently she is teaching and performing at Colorado State University. In addition to studio teaching of cello and chamber music she is offering a three semester course of cello pedagogy, as well as teaching in the Pre-College Chamber Music Program.