Here are short biographies of many of the timpanists who contributed to my research. Where possible I have included links to their own web pages.

Frank Aarnink :

Currently timpanist and percussionist with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik, Frank Aarnink was a student at the Conservatoriums of Hilversum and Amsterdam where he studied timpani with Nick Woud. He has performed with all of the major orchestra’s in the Netherlands, and the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra and the Gabrieli consort and players.

Fausto Bombarderi :

Solo timpanist with the Haydn Symphony Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy. He was previously a student of Marinus Komst and Nick Woud at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Also he has studied timpani with David Searcy of La Teatro Alla Scala, Milano.

David Corkhill :

David Corkhill succeeded James Blades as timpanist with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1971 and joined the Philharmonia Orchestra as Principal Percussionist in 1973. As a member of the ECO David Corkhill worked closely with Benjamin Britten who wrote parts specially for him in his Cantata 'Rejoice in the Lamb' and the opera Death in Venice. David Corkhill is timpanist for the English Baroque Soloists, and works regularly with the Nash Ensemble. He is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and director of the Guildhall Percussion Ensemble and the Barbican Percussion Ensemble.

Dieter Dyk :

Born in Vienna, Mr. Dyk studied at the Orchestervorschule in Munich and through his studies performed with all the major Bavarian orchestras. He was initially timpanist with the Nürnberger Sinfoniker and then the Radio-Symphony-Orchestra in Zürich before becoming solo timpanist with the Tonhalle- Orchester in Zürich in 1969. As a soloist he has performed repertoire from baroque concertos for 8 timpani through to modern and contemporary solos, and as a teacher Mr. Dyk was on staff at the Conservatorium in Zürich for 13 years until 1987.

Gerald Fromme :

Solo Timpanist with the Radio Symphonie Orkest Wien since 1970 and has appeared as soloist with this orchestra. Studied percussion and composition at the Wiener Musikakademie. He taught percussion and ensemble at the Wiener Musikhochschule from 1982-89 and in 1986 was appointed professor of percussion at the Universität für Musik Graz.

Jim Gordon :

Timpanist with the Holland Symfonia (previously the Noord Hollands Filharmonish) since 1990. Prior to this he was from 1974 percussionist with this orchestra. Born in Chicago in the United States Mr. Gordon was first extra player with the Chicago Symphony for 25 years from the age of 16. During the years of 1978-1995 he was a member of the percussion dept. at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.

Peter Offelder :

Currently Solo Timpanist of  the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landessinfonieorchester in Flensburg in the north of Germany. He has held this position for more than 20 years. Before this he was a student at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, and a student of Werner Thärichen, former timpanist of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Guido Rückel :

Currently Solo Timpanist of the Munich Philharmonic (since 1997), Guido is a graduate of the HdK Berlin. Before taking up his position in Munich he spent one year at the Karajan orchestra academy of the Berlin Philharmonic studying timpani with Rainer Seegers. He is since 1999 a teacher with his orchestra academy and the Schleswig-Holstein musical festival, among other things.

Louis Sauvetre :

A student of Nick Woud and Marinus Komst at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, Mr. Sauvetre has also taken timpani lessons with R. Jordan and M.A. Petit (on baroque timpani) and studied percussion with Jacques Delecluse in Paris. He is currently timpanist with the Orchestra della Svizzera in Italy, and has also performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra da camera di Mantova and L’Orchestre des Champs-Elysees.

Maarten van der Valk :

Since 1984 timpanist with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, (founded by Frans Brüggen). A graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatorium, where he studied timpani with Jan Labordus of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Mr. van der Valk has also performed with many of the major orchestras in Holland, including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra. He has held timpani positions with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and regularly freelances in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Japan.

Nick Woud :

Solo Timpanist with the Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest since 2002, prior to this he was Solo Timpanist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984, and also percussionist with this orchestra for 7 years before this. Nick studied timpani and percussion at the Amsterdam Conservatorium with Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens, both of the Concertgebouw Orkest.. For the past 11 years he has been a member of the percussion department at the Amsterdam Conservatorium, and has published 2 timpani tutors, as well as various compositions for brass and percussion instruments.

© Scott Weatherson 2011

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