Sigurd Raschèr biography and facts

Musical Artist from United States of America

Sigurd Manfred Raschèr (pronounced 'Rah-sher') (15 May 1907 – 25 February 2001) was an American saxophonist of German birth. He became an important figure in the development of the 20th century repertoire for the classical saxophone. Sigurd Rascher was born in Elberfeld, Germany (now Wuppertal) where his father, Hans August Rascher (1880–1952), was temporarily stationed as a military physician. His schooling began in Arlesheim, Switzerland and continued in Stuttgart where he graduated from the first Waldorfschule. After having played piano for some time, he decided to study clarinet with Philipp Dreisbach at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart (1928/1929) In an interview, Rasher said, "Obeying necessity, not following my inclination, I started to play saxophone in order to be in a dance band. As I did this for a couple of years, I became more and more unsatisfied. I started to practice furiously and slowly found out that it had more possibilities than was usually thought of." In 1930 Rascher moved to Berlin where he was called upon when a saxophonist was needed to perform in the Philharmonic. This is where he met Edmond von Borck, composer and conductor, who then composed a  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Sigurd Rascher
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America


Company Job title From To
Manhattan School of Music


Date of death
Place of death
Shushan District

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