May 10

Leon Bosch

Our conductor for the Winter Course 2018 in Bloemfontein

For twenty years principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin in the
Fields, Leon Bosch left the orchestra in 2014, devoting himself to his musical
interests elsewhere: performing and recording as a soloist, setting up his
chamber ensemble I Musicanti and teaching in the UK and internationally.
Encouraged by his former colleague at the ASMF, Sir Neville Marriner, and
having directed orchestras from the solo double bass many times, he also
took up conducting and now appears regularly on the podium and as
soloist/director.
Born in Cape Town, although now a British citizen, he graduated from the
University of Cape Town before completing his double bass studies at the
Royal Northern College of Music. As soloist, Leon Bosch has so far recorded
ten CDs, including the world premiere recording of music by the Catalan
virtuoso Josep Cervera whose work he rediscovered and has been
instrumental in reviving. He has commissioned dozens of works for the
instrument.