Willem Tanke (b. 1959) studied organ and improvisation with Jan Welmers, music theory with Joep Straesser and electronic music with Ton Bruynel at Utrecht Conservatory. In 1985, he finished his studies with the Performance Diploma for Organ with full marks (the grade of 10 and honours), and also with diplomas for music theory and improvisation.
Willem Tanke was a professor of organ at Utrecht University of Professional Arts Education from 1988 until 2000. Since 2001, he teaches organ, improvisation and theory at Rotterdam Conservatoire.