Erik Peterson | violin

Erik Peterson has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1991, and is concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Up Close and Musical.  As an active performing chamber musician, Erik is often heard in performance with Ivy Street Ensemble and Mendelssohn Trio.  In addition to his work as a violinist, Erik is Artistic Director of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon and the Front Range Chamber Players, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. His performances are often broadcast on Oregon Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio performing chamber music as a member of the Ivy Street Ensemble, a trio with flutist, Catherine Peterson, and violist Phillip Stevens.

In addition to maintaining and active private teaching studio, Erik has taught violin, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire at Colorado State University, Denver School of the Arts, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Erik attended the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, and Rice University. His influential teachers include Andres Cardenes, Leopold La Fosse, and Camilla Wicks. Erik has held principal positions with the CSO, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Great Falls Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Toledo Opera, and The American Sinfonietta.  He has been a featured soloist with the CSO and orchestras in Iowa, Colorado and Oregon.

When not performing, teaching, or creating concert opportunities for audiences of all ages, Erik enjoys spending time with his family, skiing and hiking.

Barbara Thiem | cello

Barbara Thiem was born and raised in Germany where she trained with Siegfried Palm (Cologne), specialist in 20th century cello music. She came to the US for graduate studies in cello with Janos Starker at Indiana University where she received the Master of Music in cello performance and the coveted Performer’s Certificate.

Ms. Thiem has held teaching positions at Iowa State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, several universities in Colorado, and at the University of Wyoming. At present she is Artist-in-residence at Colorado State University. Active as  soloist with orchestra and in recitals and chamber music she has been a founding member of the Dallas Piano Trio and the Mendelssohn Trio. Her concerts and radio recordings have taken her all over Europe, the US, and Canada. She has produced several CDs and has published in the field of music and medicine.

She makes her home in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and spends her summers with her family in Austria where she directs the Music Academy at Schloss Ort in Gmunden and the “Villa Mendelssohn Festival.”

Theodor Lichtmann | piano

Born and educated in Switzerland, Theodor Lichtmann received his Gymnasium degree in Classical Languages (Greek and Latin). For his formative years as a pianist he studied with Irma Schaichet (a student of Busoni and Bartok) in Switzerland; later with Leonard Shure ( a Schnabel student) in New York and at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lichtmann embarked early on an international career as soloist and collaborative artist; he appeared in Wigmore Hall in London, Brahms Saal in Vienna, the Lucerne Festival Hall, the BBC, the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. and many more venues. He has recorded for DECCA, TURICAPHON and SUMMIT where he was the first pianist to record Paul Hindemith’s complete works for Brass and Piano. He is also the featured piano soloist in Gerhwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the DENVER BRASS.

He is co-founder of the Mendelssohn Trio. Until his retirement from academe Theodor Lichtmann was Professor at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and Chair of the Piano Division. There he appeared frequently as soloist and as partner with his colleagues.


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