Internationally renowned virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch presents the world premiere of composer/conductor Arturo Cuellar Concerto for Double Bass.
Internationally renowned and much-loved virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch will present the world premiere of Colombian composer/conductor Arturo Cuellar’s Concerto for Double Bass on September 17, 2015 at a Gala Concert at the Linder Auditorium at 8pm with the Apollon Sinfonia and members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic.
South African-born Leon Bosch is one of today’s most versatile and imaginative artists and is sought after as a chamber musician, recitalist and teacher. In addition to a varied portfolio of commissions and world premieres, he has an extensive recording catalogue of an unusually diverse repertoire.
Some of his colleagues have nicknamed him “Sherlock Holmes of the Double Bass” which Leon says “probably stems from my penchant for hunting down previously undiscovered or neglected material which is merely the musical expression of my natural curiosity – something that was ignited in me as a very young child and which has endured throughout my life. Searching for new material has become a way of life for me. Each new discovery inexorably leads to new avenues for investigation, further discoveries, and ever more clues to follow up, and I don’t ever expect to run out of investigative energy.”
The programme will begin with Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 followed by the premiere of Arturo Cuellar’s Concerto for Double Bass. Cuellar’s compositions are marked with energy, virtuosity and humour in a unique style which combines classical and jazz elements with Colombian folk music. His works, which have been performed throughout the world, from the Musikverein in Vienna to New York’s famed Carnegie Hall are received to great critical acclaim.
The Concerto was especially commissioned and written for Leon Bosch for this concert. As Bosch explains “as artists we all have a responsibility to contribute something to the future. Bringing new compositions to life is a daunting responsibility, but one which I relish.” The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s much loved Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica.’
During his visit to Johannesburg, Bosch will also be giving master-classes as he believes there comes a time in everyone’s life when the responsibility to share the wisdom one has been privileged to acquire. Teaching is as complex a skill as performing, and whilst the epithet ‘virtuoso’ has always attended references to my instrumental command, it would be satisfying to acquire a similar status as pedagogue.”
Founded by Saskia Constantinou, Apollon International Connections has evolved into a multifaceted company presenting international concerts and festivals, artist management and the Apollon Magazine, a publication merging sports, arts and culture. “We are extremely excited and thrilled to be in South Africa with colleagues and members of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra with concert-master Miro Chakaryan. Another principle aim is to use music and such concerts as a networking opportunity of like-minded people. It’s well-known that even in dire economic climates, funding the arts in both long and short time actually creates and supports jobs and stimulates commerce. To this end, we have designed a very accessible programme and, as part of our corporate social responsibility, part of the proceeds of the concert will go towards the Alzheimer’s Society, giving everyone an opportunity to not only support arts and culture, but a very worthy cause.”