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Meridian Records

Leon Bosch


Meridian Records

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7 July 1961 (age 62) Cape Town, South Africa (

University of Cape Town, Royal Northern College of Music, University of Salford

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Leon Bosch is a double bassist known for his expressive bel canto style. Whilst currently holding the post of principal double bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is also known as a chamber musician, recitalist, concerto soloist, teacher, and program consultant.


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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. 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.

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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, the Vienna-based Korean pianist Sung-Suk Kang.

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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. He has been responsible for a number of important first performances including "Pueblo", a commission from John McCabe, several works by Allan Stephenson>, and music by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Paul Hanmer.

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Bosch's experiences under South Africa's apartheid 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.


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