Watch violinist Augustin Hadelich, bassist Xavier Foley and pianist Chelsea de Souza rehearse the ending of Bottesini’s Grand Duo Concertante at La Jolla SummerFest 2021. Expect fingerboard-scaling virtuosity, operatic lyricism and plenty of playful harmonics.

2021 is the bicentenary of the birth of bass-extraordinaire and composer Giovanni Bottesini, known during his time as ‘Paganini of the double bass’. His compositions continue to be widely studied, performed and cried over by bass players worldwide.

Watch: Augustin Hadelich plays Paganini Caprice no.3

Watch: Randall Goosby and Xavier Dubois Foley perform ‘Shelter Island’