Leon Bosch

Clarinetist · Coach · Conductor · Harley-Davidson

About Leon

Leon's professional career in a nutshell

One of the Netherlands’ leading clarinettists, Leon Bosch is also a senior teacher at the Conservatorium department of the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht. He gives masterclasses, both in the Netherlands and abroad, and frequently advises and coaches various orchestras including the Dutch National Youth Orchestra.

Leon Bosch has been solo clarinettist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Chamber Orchestra since 1989. He has also appeared as a soloist with both orchestras in works by Gioachino Rossini, Johann Stamitz and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In 2003, in an extraordinary stage setting of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, he played the clarinet and basset horn solo-obligato part.

With an orchestral career now spanning over 30 years, Leon has had the opportunity to work with renowned conductors such as Antal Dorati, Klaus Tennstedt, Eugene Ormandy, Simon Rattle, Szymon Bychkov, Kurt Sanderling, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Edo de Waart, Hartmut Haenchen, Yakov Kreizberg and Marc Albrecht. He was also guest solo clarinettist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne for a number of years. His collaboration with various orchestras and chamber music ensembles has taken him to international podia in Europe, Russia, the United States, China and Vietnam.

Coming from a Dutch region with a great wind playing tradition, Leon has considerable conducting experience. He has worked with most of the leading Dutch student orchestras and led performances by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra brass section and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, including in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In 2021 he is invited to conduct performances by the Opera and Ballet Orchestra in HoChiMinh City, Vietnam.

Leon Bosch has been playing Reform Boehm V 420 system clarinets ( C, Bb, A, and bassethorn) made by the German firm Leitner & Kraus for over 20 years.

Review TROUW Peter van der Lint 4 december 2002

Trojahn geeft Mozarts Titus muziekdramatische opzwieper

De kruip-sluip-door-mogelijkheden van het decor benut Audi mooi. Als Sesto zijn beroemde 'Parto'-aria begint, staat hij pal boven bassetklarinettist Léon Bosch die in het orkest is opgestaan om zijn solo-partij werkelijk schitterend te blazen. Vitellia's grote aria in het tweede bedrijf wordt ook al zo fraai door Bosch begeleid en ook hier betrekt Audi de musicus bij het dramatisch gebeuren.

Review TROUW Sandra Kooke 8 juni 2005

Kreizberg geeft schwung aan enerverende 'La Traviata’

Over het algemeen gaf hij de opera een enorme schwung mee, zodat de hele avond een enerverende indruk achterliet. De ingehouden passages kwamen er daardoor des te beter uit. Het Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest speelde uitstekend (prachtige klarinetsolo van Léon Bosch)

Review NRC Mischa Spel 10 september 2017

Verdi op zijn lekkerst in La Forza van Nationale Opera

Dirigent Michele Mariotti (38), opgegroeid met opera, maakt een droomdebuut door Verdi te lijf te gaan met fileermes in plaats van ganzenvet. Hij verleidt het Nederlands Philharmonisch ertoe op zijn best te spelen (bij voorbeeld door de prachtige klarinetsolo van Leon Bosch gewoon los te laten), maar zijn Verdi is er vooral een van helderheid, finesse en strakke coördinatie tussen bak en podium…..

10:27, 29th April 2013

Rhinegold Publishing

‘This is really funny,’ says double bassist Leon Bosch, ‘but there’s a clarinet player by the name of Leon Bosch in the Netherlands. And we met. He was about to buy the Leon Bosch domain name but I had it, so he wrote to me. We met in Amsterdam and got on really well. He’s a phenomenal clarinet player, so we’ve decided that we’re going to record the Gran Duo for double bass, clarinet and orchestra by Bottesini. The soloists will be Leon Bosch and Leon Bosch and everyone will think there has been a terrible typing error.’

LA STAMPA, Pubblicato il 15 Marzo 2016

Banda Verdi e Bjc: i fuoriclasse in teatro per il concerto di gala

Oggi alle 21 al Teatro Sociale, la Banda Verdi diretta da Massimo Folli e i musicisti del Biella Jazz Club saranno impegnati nel «Concerto di Gala», che quest’anno celebra anche il cinquantesimo compleanno del club. Primo fra tutti, Leon Bosch, clarinettista olandese famoso in tutto il mondo per il suo virtuosismo sullo strumento.





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De Falla, Paradiso, Amsterdam

Homage á De Falla by Bela Kovacs at Paradiso Amsterdam.

Leon Bosch plays Debussy in Paradiso Amsterdam

Homage á Debussy by Bela Kovacs at Paradiso Amsterdam.

Blues in Concert

“Blues” da un Americano a Parigi by G.Gershwin / M. Mangani at Teatro Sociale Villani, Biella, Piemonte, ItalySocietá Musicale “G.Verdi” / Maestro Massimo Folli.

Oscar Navarro – II° Concerto, per clarinetto e Banda Sinfonica

2nd concerto for clarinet and wind band by Oscar Navarro with Societá Musicale “G.Verdi” Citta di Biella , Piemonte, ItalyMaestro Massimo Folli

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