089 Leon Bosch: Musical Ambassador In this episode, I’m so happy to bring you an exceptional person and artist, and one of my favorite musicians, internationally renowned classical double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch. We covered a wide variety of topics, including: How his artistic journey has unfolded until now Some of the fundamental principles he applied along the way How he is mission driven to be an advocate for the double bass and how he has pursued this mission throughout the years The importance to recognize opportunities and be prepared to deliver when they appear The two ingredients he thinks are among the most important when it comes to success The system he developed and teaches for learning repertoire efficiently and fully His enormous impact on the repertoire of the double bass His views on the importance of curiosity, perfection of execution, artistry … … and so much more! Leon is a force of nature and a brilliant soul! As you’ll hear in our conversation, his wisdom runs deep and he sets an outstanding example of humanity and artistry for all of us. It was a great honor to speak with him and I know you’ll love our discussion! ABOUT LEON BOSCH: leonbosch.com imusicanti.co.uk imusicantipublishing.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leonboschdb Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leonenriquebosch/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/leonbosch Leon Bosch on Contrabass Conversations Episode #213: Leon Bosch – the Sherlock Holmes of the double bass Episode #520: Leon Bosch on getting things done Leon Bosch is an internationally renowned classical double bass virtuoso. With over a dozen solo CDs to his name, he regularly commissions repertoire for the instrument, making recital and concerto appearances around the world. He is professor of double bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. But he also gives masterclasses in the US, Europe, South Africa and the Far East, and coaches young eastern European musicians at the I, Culture Orchestra in Poland and the young South Africans who make up the Miagi Orchestra. He also acts as a mentor for South African musicians worldwide. Leon Bosch grew up in 1960s and 70s South Africa, the son of the political activist Jonas Fred Bosch – he himself spent time in a police cell for organising protests while at school. He left the apartheid regime there to come to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester after achieving one of the highest ever marks awarded for the B Mus performance examination by the University of Cape Town Remaining in the UK – he is now a British citizen – he was soon appointed principal double bass with the acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He left the post in 2014 to devote himself to his solo career, to teaching and to establishing his now thriving chamber ensemble, I Musicanti. He also conducts and has a passion for researching lost or forgotten music for double bass such as by the Catalan Josep Cervera and the Danish court musician, Franz Keyper. Away from music, Leon Bosch is a regular runner of marathons and ultra-marathons (winning silver medal for his age group in the 2017 86-mile Ridgeway Challenge) and holds a master’s degree in intelligence and international relations from Salford University. ‘I’ve always had a very wide range of interests,’ he says. ‘For example, the thing I’m highest qualified for in my life is international relations, not music. But this is a part of who I am: I’m not just a musician, I’m a human being.’ THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE will be back in June 2021! This is my LIFE CHANGING, highly personalized group coaching program where I show you how to implement mindful & effective practice techniques, how to make them habits, and how to get RESULTS. 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In this podcast, we'll be hearing from internationally acclaimed double bassist Leon Bosch. For many people around the world, the last few weeks have not been easy to process not only with the current COVID-19 pandemic but also the tragic murdering of George Floyd, which has reawakened support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In this discussion, we'll be hearing Leon's views on this recent news. We'll also learn about his harrowing experiences of living, studying and working in apartheid South Africa, and his encounters of racism within the classical music business.Many thanks to Leon for generously taking the time to talk to us especially for the podcast about his experiences. Podcast released 28 June 2020; interview recorded 26 June 2020. http://leonbosch.co.ukFor 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.If you are affected by any of the issues in this podcast, please consult the following organisations and helplines:Runaway Helpline (a free 24/7, confidential helpline)Call or text for free on: 116000https://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/advice/racism-and-discriminationThe Monitoring Group24 hour helpline: 0800 374 618http://www.tmg-uk.orgCALM Nationwide helpline: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm-midnight, 365 days a year)https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/racismCitizens Advicehttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/law-and-courts/discrimination/protected-characteristics/race-discriminationMusicians' Union - Reflecting on #TheShowMustBePausedhttps://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Jun/Reflecting-on-TheShowMustBePaused
Episode 23: Leon Bosch "I could either give up, or I could fight"
As It Comes Podcast: Life from a Musician's Point of View
Double bass legend Leon Bosch is my guest for this episode. We cover a huge breadth of topics; his journey from South Africa to playing with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, experiencing the essence of music, authenticity within a framework, the session business, and Leon’s passion for long-distance running. Photography by Juno Snowdon. Art direction by Adam Hypki. Mentioned in this episode: leonbosch.com imusicanti.co.uk imusicantipublishing.co.uk
One of my all-time favorite podcast guests is Leon Bosch, and it was great to get a chance to sit down with him in person at the 2018 European Bass Congress and dig into some deep topics. Leon is the former principal bass for Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has put out an astounding amount of albums and other projects since retiring from this group a few years ago. This interview covers a lot of ground and is filled with useful information like: Leon’s “accelerated learning” approach to practicing daily routines his research process on repertoire conducting balancing projects how to accomplish projects of significance …and much more! We reference this recent MozartCircle feature on Leon, and it’s a great way to get a glimpse into the work that he’s doing. Be sure to follow along with him on his website, and check out his past podcast appearance here! Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle! Contrabass Conversations is sponsored by: Kolstein Music The Samuel Kolstein Violin Shop was founded by Samuel Kolstein in 1943 as a Violin and Bow making establishment in Brooklyn, New York. Now on Long Island, over 60 years later, Kolstein’s has built a proud reputation for quality, craftsmanship and expertise in both the manufacture and repair of a whole range of stringed instruments, and has expanded to a staff of twelve experts in restoration, marketing and production. Robertson & Sons Violins For more than four decades, Robertson & Sons has specialized in providing the highest quality stringed instruments and bows to collectors, professional musicians, music educators, and students of all ages. Their modern facility is equipped with three instrument showrooms as well as a beautiful Recital Hall available to our clients to in their search for the perfect instrument and/or bow. Upton Bass String Instrument Company Upton's Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players. D'Addario Strings This episode is brought to you by D’Addario Strings! Check out their Zyex strings, which are synthetic core strings that produce an extremely warm, rich sound. Get the sound and feel of gut strings with more evenness, projection and stability than real gut. A440 Violin Shop An institution in the Roscoe Village neighborhood for over 20 years, A440's commitment to fairness and value means that we have many satisfied customers from the local, national, and international string playing communities. Our clients include major symphony orchestras, professional orchestra and chamber music players, aspiring students, amateur adult players, all kinds of fiddlers, jazz and commercial musicians, university music departments, and public schools. Contrabass Conversations production team: Jason Heath, host Michael Cooper and Steve Hinchey, audio editing Mitch Moehring, audio engineer Trevor Jones, publication and promotion Krista Kopper, archival and cataloging Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!
This "best of" episode features a conversation with the always inspiring Leon Bosch! About Leon Bosch: Leon Bosch has an honoured place among the select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide. 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. Leon Bosch has a growing discography of concerto and recital recordings. This will shortly include two albums devoted to the music of the great Giovanni Bottesini and two featuring music by British composers. Then will follow everything from a disc of Russian music and another of compositions by Domenico Dragonetti, to the complete works for solo double bass by Dittersdorf, Menotti's concerto and recordings of a string of neglected concertos for the instrument. Listen to Contrabass Conversations with our free app for iOS, Android, and Kindle! Contrabass Conversations is sponsored by: Robertson & Sons Violins For more than four decades, Robertson & Sons has specialized in providing the highest quality stringed instruments and bows to collectors, professional musicians, music educators, and students of all ages. Their modern facility is equipped with three instrument showrooms as well as a beautiful Recital Hall available to our clients to in their search for the perfect instrument and/or bow. D'Addario Strings This episode is brought to you by D'Addario Strings! Check out their Kaplan strings, which have versatility and control throughout the dynamic spectrum, rich tonal color palette, superb bow response, and beautiful balance. Upton Bass String Instrument Company Upton's Karr Model Upton Double Bass represents an evolution of our popular first Karr model, refined and enhanced with further input from Gary Karr. Since its introduction, the Karr Model with its combination of comfort and tone has gained a loyal following with jazz and roots players. The slim, long “Karr neck” has even become a favorite of crossover electric players. A440 Violin Shop An institution in the Roscoe Village neighborhood for over 20 years, A440's commitment to fairness and value means that we have many satisfied customers from the local, national, and international string playing communities. Our clients include major symphony orchestras, professional orchestra and chamber music players, aspiring students, amateur adult players, all kinds of fiddlers, jazz and commercial musicians, university music departments, and public schools. Subscribe to the podcast to get these interviews delivered to you automatically!
213: Leon Bosch - the Sherlock Holmes of the double bass
Contrabass Conversations double bass life
Leon Bosch is a remarkable figure in the world of the double bass. From his early years growing up in South Africa to his long tenure with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and his proliferation of solo projects, Leon has approached each challenge with a focus and determination that are incredibly inspiring. This is a “must listen” episode for any musician eager to realize their greatest potential. After retiring from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to devote himself fully to solo, chamber, and conducting projects, Leon has been working to bring undiscovered treasures of the repertoire to light and to encourage new works for the double bass from composers. New composition are being written for Leon from South African composer Péter Louis van Dijk, British composer Paul Patterson, and American jazz icon Wynton Marsalis. This episode is sponsored by Discover Double Bass, and they have a course on bowing technique with Lauren Pierce that I highly recommend checking out. This course is divided into 37 HD lessons, and Lauren gives a short video overview of the three categories that these videos cover: the basics, bow control, and real world techniques. There’s also a free preview lesson on phrasing with the bow—check it out! We feature excerpts from Leon’s latest album throughout the episode. Check out Leon’s excellent albums (available both as digital downloads and CDs): Music of Rankl Sprongl & Hindemith (latest album) British Double Bass Russian Double Bass Catalan Virtuoso Virtuoso Double Bass Vol. 1 - Giovanni Bottesini Virtuoso Double Bass Vol. 2 - Giovanni Bottesini Pedro Valls - Music for Double Bass & Piano If you’re enjoying these episodes, I’d love it if you’d give us a quick review on iTunes! These reviews help us with discoverability and they give me great feedback about how I can keep working on the podcast to make it as valuable as possible for you. Leave a quick star rating and if you could even jot down a sentence or two that would be great. You can also leave a review for our iOS, Android, and Kindle apps.