Karola Theill was a real discovery , wrote Der Tagespiegel in praise of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s accompanist following their Lieder recital in the Berlin Philharmonie.
As one of the few female pianists specializing in song interpretation, Karola Theill has made her name as a performer, teacher and university lecturer.
She appears in concert throughout Germany and abroad (f.e. Musikverein Wien, Opéra de Bastille, Paris) as well as in Israel, the USA and China.
She has been the collaborate partner of singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Benjamin Bruns, Okka von der Damerau, Angela Denoke, Matthias Goerne, Klaus Häger, Thomas Mohr, Martina Rüping, Adrian Strooper, Nadine Weissmann and others.
Born in Cologne, Karola Theill was trained as a pianist at the music academies of Hamburg and Berlin. She attended song courses given by Aribert Reimann, and for several years was the accompanist for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau’s song-interpretation classes.
In 1987, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. Another important artistic influence has been her close collaboration with the pianist Shoshana Cohen in Jerusalem.
Karola Theill teaches at the Hanns Eisler” Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where she is an honorary professor, and conducts a song-interpretation class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock.
She gives regular masterclasses in song interpretation in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart (Germany), at the Poznań Music Academy (Poland), at the Jāzepa Vītola Latvijas Mūzikas akadēmija in Riga (Latvia), at the Conservatorio di Musica in Castelfranco (Italy), at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem (Israel), at the University of California (USA) and at the ZheJiang Conservatory of Music in Hang Zhou (China).
Her activities are documented in radio recordings and on CD.