(b Wuppertal, 1927; d Frechen-Buschbell, 2005). Ger. cellist. Cellist in Lübeck municipal orch. 1945–7, NW Ger. Radio SO 1947–62, Cologne Radio SO 1962–7. Member, Harmann Qt. 1951–62. Soloist with leading orchs. from 1962. Teacher of vc. class, Cologne Nat. College of Mus. from 1962 (dir. from 1972). Dir., Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 1977–81. Salzburg Fest. début 1985. Developed cello technique to suit avant-garde works. Was first to play works by Penderecki, Xenakis, Zillig, Ligeti, Zimmermann, and Blacher. Penderecki wrote Capriccio per Siegfried Palm (1968).
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.