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Gerhard Bosse (Conductor, Violin)

Born: 1922 - Egoda, near Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The German conductor and violinist, Gerhard Bosse, studied with professors Veruta and Davinson, and became a member of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig while still a student at the National Conservatory of Music. During World War II he was a member of the Imperial Bruckner Orchestra in Linz, and played under many conductors, including Wilhelm Furtwängler and Karl Böhm.

In 1946 Gerhard Bosse became music lecturer at the University of Weimar, and in 1949 was appointed professor of music there. In 1951 he became the first concertmaster of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the same year he became professor and head of the orchestra department and chamber music master-classes at the Leipzig Conservatory. From 1955 he was first concertmaster of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, worked under chief conductors as Franz Konwitschny, Neumann, and Kurt Masur, and remained active until 1987. He has a reputation as a chamber musician, and in 1955 he became the first violinist in the Gewandhaus String Quartet. In 1962 he founded the Gewandhaus Bach Orchestra, worked as its conductor, and in 1972 received the Nikisch Award from the City of Leipzig.

Since 1961, Gerhard Bosse played almost every year in Japan. In 1980 he founded the Kirishima International Music Festival, along with its accompanying master-courses and was its music director until 2000. He has also been guest conductor of many orchestras in Japan including the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1994 to 2000 he served as Visiting Professor at the Tokyo University of Art. In April 2000 he was appointed Music Director of the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, and in 2002 Music Advisor of the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1998 Gerhard Bosse was awarded the Order of Merit Cross of the First Federal Republic of Germany; in 2005 the Kobe City Cultural Award; in 2008 winner of this award and Exxon Mobil Music Award.


Source: Various Japanese Websites, English translation by Aryeh Oron (February 2010)
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Aryeh Oron (February 2010)

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