Virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch, violists Sarah-Jane Bradley, Emmanuella Reiter, Jiří Žigmund and visiting professor Aleksandar Milosev have joined the Strings Department of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
From South Africa, Leon Bosch has established an international reputation as a leading champion of the double bass. Currently principal double bass with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Leon is much sought after as a chamber musician, recitalist and concerto soloist, and his infectious enthusiasm has done much to raise the profile of the double bass on the concert platform.
Leon said: "Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance embodies a progressive outlook and the kind of creative spirit which has proved to be such an enduring, stimulating and motivating force throughout my own life. I have every confidence that it will provide me with a dynamic platform from which to pursue my commitment to educating young musicians.
"My own experience, from the townships of South Africa to performing around the world, involves a 25 year journey full of painful lessons, and I feel driven to share these hard earned insights and experiences with the next generation of musicians."
Since making her critically acclaimed concerto debut playing the viola with the London Philharmonia in 1992, Sarah-Jane Bradley has established a distinguished reputation as a soloist. She has performed extensively throughout the world, and has premiered and recorded many new works for solo viola.
With "…wonderful technical assurance, conviction, innate musicality and intelligence…", Israeli born violist Emmanuella Reiter also enjoys an international career. Emmanuella founded the highly successful Jigsaw Players in 2008, offering high calibre chamber music and jazz concerts as well as educational projects in London.
Czech violist Jiří Žigmund graduated in 1986 from the Ostrava Conservatory, where he studied under Professor Irena Vitkova. In 1988 he joined the Wihan Quartet, with whom he performs across Europe and around the world. Jiří regularly performs as a soloist in the Czech Republic, and also enjoys an impromptu session of gypsy music or Klezmer on the side.
Aleksandar Milosev is a solo violist with the Slovenian Philharmonic and the Zagrebacki solisti. He teaches at the Zagreb Music Academy in Croatia and plays with the Tartini string quartet. Awarded the highest Slovenian prize for cultural achievement, the Prešeren Award, Aleksandar is a versatile artist with a broad range of stylistic interests. Recently, he has appeared as a soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestras.
Head of Strings at Trinity Laban Nic Pendlebury is very much looking forward to welcoming the new staff members into the department. He said: "I am delighted to be able to welcome such high calibre and inspirational musicians to Trinity Laban. Our new teaching staff will enrich our already vibrant Strings Department, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and expertise which will be invaluable to our students."
Picture - Leon Bosch (courtesy of the artist)