Joseph Ascher was born in Groningen, Holland, June 4, 1829.
He was a pupil of Moscheles in London and at the Conservatorium at Leipzig. In 1849 he went to Paris, where he was subsequently for some time court pianist. His compositions, numbering about a hundred salon pieces, include galops, mazurkas, nocturnes, etudes and transcriptions. They are of moderate difficulty, and contain elements of grace and finish. “La Perle du Nord” and “Dozia” both mazurkas and “Les Gouttes d’Eau”, an etude, are among the best.
He died in London June 4, 1869.