Double bassist Leon Bosch speaks with online editor Davina Shum about the life and works of Giovanni Bottesini, in the year celebrating the bicentenary of his birth. Revered in bass circles as a revolutionary, Bottesini was also a renowned performer, composer and conductor in his day.

Leon will be performing works by Bottesini on 7 December at Wigmore Hall, as well as at ‘Bottesini Double Bass Day’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance on 17 December.

Fantasie Sonnambula

The Virtuoso Double Bass: Giovanni Bottesini, volume 1

Leon Bosch, double bass / Sung Suk Kang, piano

Meridian

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Photo credit: Juno Snowdon. Art direction: Adam Hypki

 

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