An Evening with Leon Bosch
Presented by the Mayor of Henley on Thames, Glen Lambert & the Henley Music School
Leon Bosch has an honoured place among the select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide. He was born in Cape Town, a political prisoner at the age of fifteen, he escaped South Africa’s repressive apartheid regime and became a British Citizen. He graduated from the University of Cape Town and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music.
Since his 1984 London solo debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, he has appeared with many distinguished musicians, including Pinchas Zukerman, Sir Charles Groves and Nicholas Kraemer and is artistic director of the chamber music ensemble I Musicanti.
Highlights of his chamber music partnerships include engagements with the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky String Quartets and the Moscow Virtuosi. He has worked with such pianists as Maria João Pires, Mikhail Rudy, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Peter Donohoe, Martin Roscoe and Korean pianist Sung-Suk Kang.
Leon has played a significant part in, and received acclaim for, the exploration of challenging and little-known music for double bass and has been responsible for several important first performances including “Pueblo”, a commission from John McCabe, works by Allan Stephenson, and music by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Paul Hanmer.
His experiences under South Africa’s apartheid regime have ensured he has maintained a keen interest in social and political issues; he holds a master’s degree in Intelligence and International Relations
This evening will feature Leon performing with a piano accompaniment and an interview, after the concert he will be signing copies of his album.
(includes £1 theatre restoration levy)
Proceeds from this performance will be donated to the Mayor’s Charities.