Leon Bosch

Leon Bosch is a double bassist known for his expressive bel canto style.[1][2] He was principal double bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields,[3] from 1995 until 2014[4] but is also known as a chamber musician, recitalist, concerto soloist, teacher, conductor and program consultant.[3] He is artistic director of the chamber music ensemble I Musicanti.[5]

Leon Bosch
Born (1961-07-07) 7 July 1961 (age 59)
Cape Town, South Africa
Instrumentsdouble bass
LabelsMeridian Records
Websitewww.leonbosch.co.uk/

CareerEdit

Born in Cape Town, though now a British citizen, Bosch graduated from the University of Cape Town before continuing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.[3] Since his 1984 London solo debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Bosch has appeared as a concerto soloist with many distinguished musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Charles Groves and Nicholas Kraemer.[2]

Highlights of his chamber music partnerships have included engagements with the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky String Quartets, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, I Musicanti, and the Moscow Virtuosi. He has worked with such pianists as Maria João Pires, Mikhail Rudy, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Peter Donohoe, Martin Roscoe and, most recently on CD,[6] the Vienna-based Korean pianist Sung-Suk Kang.[7][8]

Bosch has played a significant part in, and received acclaim for, the exploration of challenging and little-known music for double bass both in live performance and on disc.[9][10] He has been responsible for a number of important first performances including "Pueblo", a commission from John McCabe, several works by Allan Stephenson,[9] and music by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Paul Hanmer.[3]

As a teacher, Leon Bosch holds a professorship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London [11] and is on the teaching staff at The Purcell School for young musicians [12]

Bosch's experiences under South Africa's apartheid[3] regime have ensured he has a keen interest in social and political issues; he holds a master's degree in Intelligence and International Relations from the University of Salford.[3]

Discography[13]Edit

With Sung-Suk Kang (piano)

The Music of Rankl, Sprongl and Hindemith

Josep Cervera-Bret: The Catalan Virtuoso

Pedro Valls: Music for Double Bass and Piano

The Hungarian Double Bass

Virtuoso Double Bass, vols 1 & 2

The Russian Double Bass

The British Double Bass

With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf: Complete Works for Solo Double Bass

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.contrabass.co.uk/virtuoso_double_bass_cd.htm
  2. ^ a b http://www.nac-cna.ca/en/news/viewnews.cfm?ID=749&cat=catNACO.
  3. ^ a b c d e f http://www.leonbosch.co.uk/article02.pdf, Double Bassist Magazine #25 Summer 2003 published by Orpheus Publications Newsquest Specialist Media
  4. ^ https://www.thestrad.com/double-bassist-leon-bosch-announces-retirement-from-academy-of-st-martin-in-the-fields/1920.article
  5. ^ http://www.imusicanti.co.uk/about/
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://www.meridian-records.co.uk/artist_of_month_leon_bosch.htm
  9. ^ a b http://www.leonbosch.co.uk/article03.pdf Double Bassist magazine #29 Summer 2004 published by Orpheus Publications Newsquest Specialist Media
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-12. Retrieved 2010-09-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ https://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/teaching-staff/leon-bosch
  12. ^ https://www.purcell-school.org/staff/leon-bosch/
  13. ^ http://www.leonbosch.com/music_84626.php