Ascher, Joseph

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Ascher, Joseph Gender: M
Joseph Simon Ascher
born on 3 June 1829 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Groningen, Netherlands, 53n1208, 6e3309
Timezone LMT m6e3309 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°07' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°01 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 20°12'

Joseph Ascher


Dutch-Jewish composer and pianist who was active in London and Paris for most of his life.

Ascher was the son of the chazzan of Groningen, who went on to become a cantor in London. He started his musical studies in London and continued them at the Leipzig Conservatory with Ignaz Moscheles as his teacher, but did not graduate.

His pianistic gifts were recognized by the Empress Eugénie of France, who asked him to become her court pianist in 1849. In 1865, Ascher moved back to London, while in Paris he was succeeded as court pianist by Émile Waldteufel.

Ascher composed about 170 works for piano, piano four- and eight-hands, as well as ballads and display pieces for solo singers with piano accompaniment.

He died in London on 20 June 1869 from the result of what some 19th-century sources call "a dissolute life."

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate n° 487 in the online Groningen archives: "op den derden dezer des nachts te een uur" (on the third of this month at 1 o'clock at night) [1].


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Pianist)