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Barbara Wirth

Continuing Education
  • Cello


Courses Taught

Cello Private Lessons

Cello Seminar, Cello Ensemble

Ensembles, Formerly

Chicago Lyric Opera

Cincinnati Symphony

San Francisco Opera/Ballet/Symphony


M.M. Indiana University

B.M. Northwestern University


What is your hometown?

Saint Joseph, Michigan

What is your favorite recording? Why?

Janos Starker Music of France. It was one of my first cello recordings.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Yoga, Asian Art, friends

Who were your major teachers?

Janos Starker, Pierre Fournier, very briefly Rostropovich

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

We are in the truth and beauty business.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Bach, Bach, Bach

Please list your most important collaborations.

Various chamber music groups

Please list your top awards and distinctions.

BM “With Distinction” 

Distinguished Service ASTA

Distinguished Service Society for Asian Art at Asian Art Museum


I have had the good fortune to study with the best, Janos Starker, Pierre Fournier, and very briefly, Rostropovich. It’s my life’s endeavor to pass on what I have been given. Though I have had extensive orchestral, chamber music and solo experience, teaching has always been my priority. My students perform and teach in the Bay Area, nationally and abroad. I’ve taught for the Northwestern University Preparatory Department, Indiana University as teaching assistant, Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville Academy, Dominican College, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and San Francisco Conservatory in the Preparatory and Continuing Education Departments.

Accepting beginning, intermediate and advanced students.