Denis Wick

The world-famous British trombonist, brass teacher and conductor. He graduated from London's Royal Academy of Music, and his first professional appointment was in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as a second trombone. Then in 1952 he became principal trombonist of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and in 1957 - the principal trombonist of London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), where he worked in '31 as a soloist with the orchestra until his retirement in 1988. During this time he played with many world’s greatest conductors. Although employment in the LSO, Denis Wick has also been a member of the London Sinfonietta, played in the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Philip Jones. In addition, he performed as a soloist. Some British composers have dedicated his concertos, for example: Gordon Jacob, Buxton Orr, Alun Hoddinott.

His work as a conductor began at the Guildhall School in the early 60s of last century. The work was focused on the brass ensembles and youth symphony orchestra. Later in the 70s, his London Wind Orchestra made prize-winning recordings, which have set new standards for this kind of ensemble. Denis Wick and now continues to work as a professor of London Royal Academy of Music. His graduates work in Britain and around the world. Among them - the world's only trombone soloist and virtuoso Christian Lindberg, members of the female quartet Trombones "Bones Apart" Etc. He is the judge of the most prestigious international competitions. In 1989 Denis Wick was awarded the International Trombone Association.

From 2004 to 2006, he was the President of the International Trombone Association (ITA). He is also a President of a Company "Denis Wick Products Ltd" producing mutes, mouthpieces, accessories and printing music for all brass instruments (www.deniswick.com). He is also President of a Company "Denis Wick Publishing Ltd" which specialises in sheet music for wind and brass ensembles (www.deniswick.net).

His book "Trombone Technique" was published in two editions in 1971 and in 1984 in "Oxford University Press" and is recognized worldwide as one of the best books about trombone ever written.

Denis is Life President of Surrey Brass.


 


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