Friedrich Thiele
*1996 in Germany

Kronberg Academy Professional Studies
Studies with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
funded by the Renate and Peter von Metzler Scholarship

Friedrich Thiele


Born in 1996, Friedrich Thiele has been the recipient of many prestigious German and international awards, for example winning 2nd prize, the audience prize and the prize for best interpretation of a commissioned piece at the 2019 ARD International Music Competition, as well as the 2019 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb prize. Successes in the 2019 International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen (2nd prize, audience prize, orchestra prize), the 2017 Ton & Erklärung Competition in Munich (1st prize), and in the 2015 TONALi Competition in Hamburg (3rd prize and audience prize) have paved his way towards an international career.

Friedrich Thiele completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Weimar with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt between 2016 and 2020. Prior to this he spent five years training with Peter Bruns as a junior student at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig.

He has performed as a guest soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre Claudio Santoro Symphony Orchestra in Brasilia, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Munich Radio Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Dresden Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in Caracas and the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Thiele has already given solo performances in many major concert halls, including the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle, and the Hercules Hall and Gasteig in Munich.

A passionate chamber musician, he has appeared at Heidelberger Frühling, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Molyvos International Music Festival and Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Arts Festival, playing with musicians including Igor Levit, Benjamin Beilman, Volker Jacobsen, Viviane Hagner and Marc-André Hamelin.

Friedrich Thiele has received funding from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben since 2010 and plays a French cello dating from the latter half of the 19th century, which is on loan from the German Musical Instruments Fund.

In 2018, Thiele took part in Kronberg’s Cello Masterclasses & Concerts, where he received a sponsorship award. He has been studying at Kronberg Academy with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt since October 2020. His studies are funded by the Renate und Peter von Metzler Scholarship.

Last updated: September 2020

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