was born in Gelsenkirchen-Buer in 1968. He studied percussion at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin and at the College of Music in Freiburg im Breisgau with Robyn Schulkowsky, Bernhard Wulff, and Isao Nakamura. After extensively performing as a freelance percussionist in new music, he became a member of Klangforum Wien in 1993. From 1998 to 2000 he took a period of leave in order to study composition with Helmut Lachenmann at the Stuttgart College of Music. In addition to playing with Klangforum Wien, Björn Wilker is active as soloist and composer.