“I Musicanti embodies the universally cherished ideal of total artistic freedom and unrestrained self-expression, and it aims to provide a home to creative and imaginative artists who share the ambition of realising this dream.”

Leon Bosch


The mixed instrument chamber ensemble I Musicanti comprises some of the most experienced and respected musicians to be found in the UK, hand-picked by the group’s artistic director, international double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

Under Bosch’s direction, I Musicanti presents distinctive programmes with a particular emphasis on music that has been lost and found or simply overlooked: great works by unknown composers and unknown works by great composers.

I Musicanti’s flexible instrumentation means it can play in many formations, from a small string group to large ensembles for pieces such as Louise Farrenc’s Nonet. A forthcoming project to record the 45 symphonies of Haydn’s contemporary Johannes Matthias Sperger even sees it extend to a full chamber orchestra.

Many of the ensemble’s projects are the result of Leon Bosch’s vivid curiosity and commitment, something for which he is well known as a double bassist. But the ensemble also provides a vehicle for its members to pursue their own artistic projects. And although the musicians of I Musicanti are all soloists in their own right, the group also collaborates with international performers of the highest calibre.

In 2021, I Musicanti released their recording of string quintets by Giovanni Bottesini on the SOMM label. And while the group works with prestigious venues to promote its concerts and has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, its eye-catching programmes and the quality of performers add something unique to festivals and concert series.

We hope you enjoy exploring I Musicanti’s website and look forward to welcoming you to our concerts.


New album

Listen to Giovanni Bottesini: String Quintets