James Oesi


04.02.2023          Collaboration with pianist Djuwa Mroivili

Last year I crossed paths with the inspiring young pianist and stage artist, Djuwa Mroivili! Djuwa is not only a talented and exciting musician but also someone very busy challenging the status quo and trying to make a societal difference with her art. Djuwa introduced me to a slew of classical composers whom I’d never heard of before but whose music was undeniably beautiful and before we knew it we had come up with a whole programme together that combined music by very well known composers like Brahms, Dvorak and Gershwin with some of their lesser-known (but no less worthy) contemporaries, Florence Price, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still.
Last week we had the pleasure of recording this programme together with record producer Jonathan Allen and I’m excited for you to hear the finished result later this year!Djuwa & James

04.02.2023          Guest Teaching at Utrecht Conservatory

From this September I will be guest teaching at Utrecht Conservatory here in the Netherlands. Auditions will be held in the Spring so if you know anyone who would be interested in applying to study with me, please do send them my way!

20.01.2023          Solo concert at Concertgebouw Brugge premieres new work

I’m excited to be performing a solo concert at Concertgebouw Brugge in Belgium. As part of their festival Bach Academie I will be performing a programme that includes two of my favourite suites by Bach – no.4 and no.2, as well as premiering two beautiful new works written for me especially for the occasion: Fantasia 1 and Fantasia 2 by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki. It’ll be my first time performing solo in a major hall in Belgium and the first time perform these pieces.

In the lead up to this concert I was invited as a guest on the Music Matters radio show on Radio Klara in Brussels last Tuesday, I had a lovely conversation with presenter Olav Grondelaers and took the opportunity to be a tourist for the day in Brussels! The interview can be listened back to here but it is in Dutch!

01.10.2022          Up and coming bass players in The Strad

Thank you The Strad magazine for naming me as one of their five up-and-coming bass players. It’s definitely an honour to be given a place on such an impressive and diverse list of other bassists.

The Strad article

07.12.2021          Interview on Discover Double Bass

At the latest edition of Dutch Double Bass Festival we partnered with Discover Double Bass who filmed all of the talking bass sessions at the festival and will be publishing them over the course of the coming months. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Discover Double Bass’s Geoff Chalmers for a lovely interview which can now be seen on YouTube! I hope you enjoy it!