It all began with a radio antenna broken in two and a sofa cushion, on which Wieland Welzel drummed out pop music. Before long the sofa cushion was replaced by washing powder tubs until, for his ninth birthday, he was given a drum set. Having played piano since the age of five, Wieland Welzel began percussion lessons since the age of nine. After five years of membership in the Bundesjugendorchester, the German national youth orchestra, he studied from 1993 to 1997 with Peter Sewe (timpani) and Peter Wulfert (percussion) at the Musikhochschule in his native Lübeck.
During that period he was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and took up his first appointment in 1995 as principal timpanist of Mecklenburg Staatskapelle in Schwerin. Two years later he assumed this position with the Berliner Philharmoniker. His interest in jazz led him in 1999 to found the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group with four of his colleagues. He is also a member of Berlin Philharmonic Percussion Ensemble and teaches at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He likes to cook and most enjoys spending his free time with his daughters.