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Editor’s letter

ANGELA LYONS

It is self-evident that becoming an accomplished string player requires dedication and drive – but Leon Bosch applies these attributes vigorously, and even compulsively, to all aspects of his musical life. Since immigrating to the UK in his early twenties, the South African-born double bassist has forged an impressive career that belies his humble beginnings. At various times principal bass of the Manchester Camerata, the London Mozart Players and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bosch has concentrated chiely on expanding his own solo repertoire during the past five years – both in terms of commissioning new works and uncovering forgotten gems. He has also taken up conducting and directing from the bass, a challenge he believes has never before been attempted. But there is more work to be done, as he tells Kimon Daltas on page 28, particularly in encouraging ethnic diversity within classical music and motivating the next generation of young bass players.

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About The Strad

Double bassist Leon Bosch discusses his career, and we investigate the bass makers of Manchester. There’s an interview with early music pioneer Eduard Melkus and cellist Johannes Moser gives a Mendelssohn Masterclass. Plus Leonidas Kavakos’s teaching tips