Percussion Tutor

Ever since he was first allowed to play the timpani in the school orchestra, Arend Weitzel has been working tirelessly to find out how playing timpani actually works in detail. His aim is to refine and expand the possibilities and facets of musical expression with the timpani. His studies at the music academies in Stuttgart and Hannover, as well as in the orchestra academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, provided him with some pointers in this context. However, the most important school for him since 1995 has been his everyday professional life as principal timpanist with the Bochumer Symphoniker. Unforeseen difficulties or challenges are always an important stimulus for Arend Weitzel to continue his personal development.

A side effect of this constant research is the publication of a large number of methodical works for the timpani, which have made him internationally renowned. Some of these works are regarded in many places as standard methodological literature for this instrument. He is also very active as a teacher and lecturer at home and abroad. Workshops and lectures have taken him to Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Taiwan and China.

For some years now, Arend Weitzel’s second great musical passion has been the French horn. He is particularly fond of the (very) low register of this instrument.

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