The swiss violinist Thomas Wicky-Stamm is from Bern, and studied in Lucerne under Franco Gulli and Rodolfo Felicani. He concluded his studies in Geneva in Peter Rybar’s master class with a soloist diploma. He was a member of Festival Strings Lucerne, and was later engaged as first violin for several years at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Then he continued his studies at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Prof. Wolfgang Schneiderhan, as well as composition under Prof. Heinrich Gattermeyer.
After returning to Switzerland, Thomas Wicky taught at the Zürich Music Academy, and was hired as an Artistic Assistant at the Music Academy in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, where he led the Academy Orchestra and taught courses on chamber music. From 1978-2016, he taught at the canton schools of Olten and Solothurn.
The musical education and development of young, talented students is one of his chief vocations, an ideal complement to his professional concert performances. As the founder and first violinist of Amati Quartet Zürich, in 1983, he won the coveted first prize in the international quartet competition in Evian, France, which led to an international concert career. As a soloist of Baroque Strings Zurich, and concertmaster of the Vienna Consortium, he travelled through most of Europe, the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and South Korea. For 15 years, he was First Violin of the Quartetto di Milano, in which he premiered important works by Italian composers, including String Quartet No. 3 by Giacomo Manzoni at the Venice Biennale, in 1989.
His wide, diversified repertoire as a quartet violinist and soloist is demonstrated by numerous CD recordings for Ex Libris, Jecklin Disco, Divox, Koch Schwan, VDE-Gallo and Tudor Recording Zurich.