Leon Bosch is an internationally renowned classical double bass virtuoso, perhaps the foremost classical double bass player to come from South Africa. Growing up in apartheid South Africa he began studying the instrument at the University of Cape Town before finishing his studies in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music. With over a dozen solo CDs to his name, he regularly commissions repertoire and makes recital and concerto appearances around the world. He is professor of double bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, but also coaches and gives masterclasses internationally and acts as a mentor for South African musicians worldwide. Leon studied at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester after achieving the highest ever marks awarded for the BMus performance examination by the University of Cape Town. He was principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields for many years, and now devotes himself to his solo career, to teaching and to his chamber ensemble, I Musicanti. He also conducts and has a passion for researching lost or forgotten music for double bass.
Concerto engagements in many parts of the world with the likes of conductors Pinchas Zukerman, Nicolas Kraemer, Nicolae Moldoveanu and Guido Johannes Rumstadt have been matched by collaborations with a long line of leading chamber music groups - among them the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky string quartets, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, the Moscow Virtuosi and the Zukerman Chamber Players. Partnerships with solo performers have embraced such pianists as Peter Donohoe, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Mikhail Rudy and Maria João Pires.
Away from music, Leon Bosch is a regular runner of marathons and ultra-marathons and holds a master’s degree in intelligence and international relations from Salford University.
2019 brings a series of recitals with Rebeca Omordia including a concert entitled ‘The South African Double Bass’ on 2 May at 7.30pm as part of the 2019 series Ekele: A Celebration of African Art Music. A recording “The 21st Century British Double Bass” is also in preparation, to be released later this year on Meridian Records.
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