Sigurd Raschèr Saxophonist

Sigurd rascher

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 15th, 1907
United States of America
Date of death
February 25th, 2001 at age of 93
Place of death
Shushan District
Places lived
Wuppertal , Germany
pop. 349,470 (2012)


Company Founded Positions
Manhattan School of Music
Official site
Other people associated with Manhattan School of Music

Musical acts

1.Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

The Raschèr Saxophone Quartet is a professional ensemble of four saxophonists which performs classical and modern music. Like most saxophone quartets, the RSQ features one player on each of the four most common sizes of saxophone: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. The quartet was founded in the United States in 1969 by prominent classical saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr and his daughter, Carina. Some years later the quartet relocated to Germany and has been based there ever since. The Quartet has appeared at major concert halls in Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Opera Bastille Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Philharmonie Cologne, Concertgebouw, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Musikverein Vienna, Tonhalle Zürich The quartet has received strong reviews and was acclaimed as the "Uncrowned Kings of the Saxophone" by the Wiener Zeitung.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Bruce Weinberger
Kenneth Coon
Elliot Riley
Christine Rall


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