Siegfried Fink

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The German percussionist, composer and university professor Siegfried Fink

Siegfried Fink (born February 8, 1928 in Zerbst / Anhalt ; † May 3, 2006 in Würzburg ) was a German drummer and composer . He is considered to be an important source of inspiration for the development of percussion in Germany.


Siegfried Fink studied from 1948 to 1951 at the Musikhochschule Weimar with Alfred Wagner timpani / drums and with Helmut Riethmüller composition. Through orchestral and teaching activities in Weimar, Magdeburg, Lübeck and Hanover, he came in 1965 as a lecturer for timpani and percussion instruments at what was then the Bavarian State Conservatory for Music in Würzburg. In 1974 he was appointed professor at the newly founded University of Music in Würzburg , where he ran the renowned “Studio for Percussion” until 1993.

Under his leadership, the subject in Würzburg developed into an international attraction for percussionists. During his thirty years of university work, more than 100 students from all over the world attended his training, advanced training and masterclasses. He can be heard on more than 20 recordings as a concert drummer, as well as on numerous other recordings as a leader and conductor of various ensembles.

He founded percussion series for several European music publishers and thus became one of the most published percussionists in the world. Under his leadership, the first curriculum for percussion instruments of the Association of German Music Schools was created. In cooperation with instrument manufacturers, he supported the establishment of advanced training institutions such as the International Society for Music Pedagogical Training, participated in setting up the percussion departments at the vocational schools for music and the music therapy degree course in Heidelberg .

The focus of his more than 160 compositions, for solo drums and percussion ensembles, through chamber music to ballet and film music, is the emancipation of timbre and rhythmic structure.

Many of his former students work as internationally known solo percussionists or as solo pacemaker or drummer in the orchestra or are active in the field of music education.

Siegfried Fink died on May 3, 2006 in his hometown of Würzburg.

His work is continued today by his daughter Cornelia C. Fink.


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  1. Information from the Federal President's Office