I Musicanti (cond. Leon Bosch) at St John’s Smith Square on 4th November 2017

Artist Information
I Musicanti is a mixed instrument chamber ensemble founded in 2013 by international double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch. They have recently begun their second series of concerts at St John’s Smith Square, and are also regular guests at other venues including St John’s Smith Square, Kings Place, Imperial College and the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, often performing programmes designed specifically for the occasion. They have also appeared live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. Future concerts include further appearances at St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall and with the Peak Music Society. www.imusicanti.co.uk

Leon Bosch, artistic director of I Musicanti, is an internationally renowned double bass virtuoso. He was for many years principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and now performs as soloist and chamber musician. His recordings as soloist include albums of British, Hungarian and Russian double bass music, and the first of a series dedicated to forgotten Catalan virtuoso, Josep Cervera, a musician he was instrumental in rediscovering.
As soloist he began directing concertos from the double bass, which led to opportunities to conduct orchestral works in those concerts.
With the encouragement of Sir Neville Marriner, for whom he played for many of his years at the Academy, he began to study conducting seriously. He now takes conducting lessons with Sian Edwards and has participated in masterclasses with Alexander Polishchuk in St Petersburg – both are noted exponents of the method taught by Ilya Musin.
Although based in the UK, his conducting work so far has taken him to his native South Africa in particular: he has performed with South African-born cellist Amanda Forsyth (Schumann’s cello concerto in Stellenbosch) and has forthcoming engagements with the US Camerata, FSSO, the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa (the viola concerto by Stefans Grové) and Camerata Tinta Barocca. He will be reuniting with Ms. Forsyth for a cello concerto by Victor Herbert; other projects include performing and recording works by Arutiunian with the Pan European Philharmonic, the complete Mozart violin concertos in Poland, concerts with I Musicanti, the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Orphica in Bulgaria and work with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra.
The Concert
This concert at St John’s Smith Square on Saturday 4th November is the next step in the transformation of Leon Bosch ‘virtuoso soloist’ into Leon Bosch ‘conductor’.
The intriguing programme presents two World Premiere performances; an arrangement for Cello and String Orchestra of Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme Op. 33 by Allan Stephenson; and Alexandra Harwood’s Sinfonia Concertante “The Secret Ball”. In addition, researches indicate that the fourth item in the programme – an arrangement of Shostakovich “Sinfonietta (Quartet no 8) for String Orchestra and Timpani by Abram Stasevich is a London Premiere.
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