James Oesi

Biography

Since his arrival in The Netherlands in 2009, double bassist James Oesi has become a well known face in the classical and contemporary music world. As one of the few concentrating on the bass as a solo instrument, he has performed solo programmes (including works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, among others) in prominent venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, The Oosterpoort in Groningen, festivals such as Huddersfield Music Festival (UK), November Music, CrossLinx Festival and at festival Wonderfeel (where his concert was later named by Dutch National Public Radio 4 as one of the festival’s highlights).

James has appeared on numerous occasions on Dutch National Public Radio stations NPO 4 and NPO Radio 1 where he was also the subject of a radio documentary and has also had numerous appearances on Dutch National Television programmes Podium Witteman and Vrije Geluiden. Classic FM Uk featured James’ video of Luciano Berio’s Psy.

James is the founder and artistic leader of the Dutch Double Bass Festival, the first festival of it’s kind in the world, where James brought top international artists (such as John Patitucci and Edicson Ruiz) to the Netherlands and performed with Gary Karr.

Alongside his solo activities, James is also an in-demand chamber musician and ensemble player and can be regularly seen as guest member of Asko|Schönberg, Insomnio, Oerknal, Ives Ensemble and Ensemble Modern.

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