Joachim, Amalie

BORN 10 May 1839, Marburg, Steyrmark (now: Maribor, Slovenia) - DIED 3 Feb 1899, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Schneeweiß, Amalie Marie
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof der Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirchengemeinde, Fürstenbrunnerweg 69-79 (Feld D-G2 Gitter (Ehemaliges Ehrengrab))

Amalie Schneeweiß was a contralto who had made herself a name as Amalie Weiss. Her dramatic voice took her to the stages of England and the United States.

She worked as an alt-soprano for the opera in Hanover when she met the violinist Joachim Joseph at the home of Julius Stockhausen. They were engaged on 13 Feb 1863 and they married on 10 Jun 1863. She gave up her career for the marriage and they had six children. She still appeared as a concert singer, often with her husband and her friend Clara Schumann. But the constant jealousy of Joachim wrecked the marriage and a divorce followed in 1882.

After Joachim's friend Johannes Brahms sheltered her for her husband, the two men fell out with each other and it took several years before their friendship was restored. Amalie died after a severe illness in 1899.

• Husband: Joachim, Joseph (1863-1882, Hannover: Schlosskirche) (divorce or separation)

Related persons
• was helped by Brahms, Johannes
• performed with Rappoldi-Kahrer, Laura
• was a friend of Schumann, Clara


The grave of Joseph and Amalie Joachim at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (29 Mar 2007)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994

Joachim, Joseph

Published: 21 Jul 2007
Last update: 27 Jan 2022