My studies with Professor Tilmann Wick were crucial in my development as a musician, and most importantly, as a person. Within the space of a few years he helped me towards my goal of becoming a professional, soloistic cellist and along the way helped me realise aspects of myself which had been holding me back. This boost in confidence is critical for any young thinking musician. Of course, much of our work was grounded in establishing and maintaining a strong, organised and elegant technique, and it was thrilling to study the great works of Beethoven, Haydn, Bach, Britten and Schumann with him. I would leave the lessons inspired to work hard, and also with room to figure things out for myself'.
As a performing cellist Tilmann Wick is one of my heroes, able to produce magical sounds on the most beguiling instrument, the cello.
A big part of Tilmann's teaching is seeing the whole person, knowing when to be tough and when the stresses of advanced study require a personalised approach. We spent many enjoyable hours hiking and discussing life's questions - his interest in his students’ total well-being was up until that point rare for me…
In my years of knowing Mr. Wick, I have only had positive experiences. As a professor, a performer, and as my personal mentor and inspiration, he has never failed to capture the hearts of others with his undying passion for music, and his general aura of confidence and will. To many, including myself, he was not just a simple teacher. He was a radiating light guiding the new generation to their own ideals of greatness, and personal success.
In a time where I was isolated in a foreign country, trying to navigate an education/ language/social system that was completely new to me, he offered nothing but support.
He took me under his wing as a guardian, and showed me the paths that I could choose for myself.
All in all, if there was a man who embodied courage, strength, and discipline, it would certainly be Mr. Wick.
Prof. Tilmann Wick is an outstanding teacher of cello and also a great mentor possessing an enormous energy; a wonderful positive influence on my personal and professional life.
I was extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of Tilmann Wick's class, where I learned all about style and music compositions, and was inspired to aim for the heights of musical and technical perfection. Thus his teaching fostered my own vision and lead to my desire to explore the musical world for my own life's journey.
Furthermore, his energy, positivity, healthy lifestyle and planning skills as well as the firm determination to reach the goals set, makes me always feel like standing beside a power house! His energy stays with me always be it with or without him, giving me power and inspiration for my daily life - forever.
Even as a young professor, he had a strong, innate authority that makes it easy for him to convey content not only of a technical nature. However, he took and still takes the time to lay the decisive foundations for a solid, cellistic craftmanship based on a holistic approach, without ever losing sight of the music... He's a man with a vision. He is 200 percent committed to ideals that may not be fashionable, but are of infinite value, which he also wants to use as a basis for his planned academy.
He tries to influence the future, which lies in the hands of the now trainees, by humanistic values aiming at the whole person. He sets the best example. I have rarely met a straighter and more sincere person. At Tilmann Wick, absolute integrity is combined with a rousing, positive energy, which he passes on with full hands, which motivates and convinces.
He always helped his students not only to develop their musical ability but also to find the right step to be a true musician in their lives.
Tilmann Wick is a wonderful teacher who inspired me musically, technically and spiritually to strive for my best self. He taught me systematically and with great care and devotion for my whole wellbeing through the cello. He continues to care and inspire as a cellist and friend after decades.
One of my life's most defining moments has definitely been the first time that I played for Prof. Tilmann Wick. I immediately felt his deep understanding of a person's ambitions, their overall artistic development and most importantly for any teacher, the things holding someone back from reaching new heights. During my studies with him he managed to convey to me so many powerful insights and skills, not only through an improvement of essential instrumental skills and techniques,or a plethora of fascinating explorations of the vast cello repertory; the most important insight he gave me is that true and meaningful art needs to be supported by an equally developed personality, ambition, experiences in various fields, honest creativity and hard work. His own artistic level has been greatly admired by his students and audience and it has personally inspired me to decipher it piece by piece, which in conjunction to his embracing mentoring helped me develop immensely. Having witnessed him working has given me enormous ambition and patience in life. I'm so thankful for having known and been a student of Tilmann Wick, perhaps at the most crucial momentof my musical development.
I can offer nothing but praise for Professor Tilmann Wick as a mentor and pedagogue. He cares for his students and took the time to figure out ways to help each individual grow. He created a positive learning environment where, as a class, we bonded and felt we could rely Prof. Wick and each other for support and guidance. We grew as individuals retaining our unique playing qualities, because his instruction came from an attentive and observant angle. This freedom to play created a diverse cello sound that inspired us at our monthly master class. The friends I made in Hannover I still feel close to because he established a cohesive cello family. Lastly it is imperative to say that we learned also by hearing Professor Wick play. He almost always had a cello in the lesson and played many concerts where we could see and hear for ourselves his approach to music making.
I truly feel he has always known what I needed and pushed me to achieve it. Despite being demanding, he was always fair and a pleasure to work with. Tilmann Wick did not only develop me musically but on a personal level as well.
It is always difficult to find great musicians who are also good teachers, who devote themselves to their students with heart and soul, and who are an example to them not only as instrumentalists, but above all as artists and as human beings.
Tilmann Wick is one of those "miracles" that happen in the life of a young cellist and that have the power to guide the person with great sensitivity and experience and to broaden artistic and human horizons.
In addition to his undeniable virtuosity and instrumental mastery, Tilmann Wick has the empathic ability to understand without playing himself to the fore, and yet apply a specific method to each of his students. I will never be grateful enough to have met him.
I was fortunate to study for my Masters in Hanover with Prof. Tilmann Wick. I arrived with plenty of ambition and experience but did not yet have the holistic approach and technical stability that I needed for consistent success. Through the work with Prof. Wick I was pushed to always strive for the highest technical standards and to develop the most expressive musical voice possible. He drilled into us that there are no shortcuts to genuine success, and it is this kind of work ethic that I carry with me today. I was in a class of musicians with a huge variety of styles and backgrounds; I always felt this was so meaningful as whichever route we took we were simply being asked to express something genuine, and Prof. Wick gave us the tools to achieve this. The lessons, both human and musical, still live with me to this day.