Henriëtte Bosmans

Henri Bosmans, father of Henriette Bosmans and solo cellist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, died shortly after her birth. Her mother, Sara Bosmans-Benedicts, was a pianist and piano teacher at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Henriette Bosmans was her private student; she graduated in 1913 with the diploma of the Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst. Her composition and instrumentation teacher was Cornelis Dopper, and between 1927 and 1930 Willem Pijper, who influenced her style in a direction away from romanticism, more towards Debussy and Ravel.

This is evident in the Concertino voor piano en orkest' (1928). Its first performance was given by Bosmans with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux, and the work was enthusiastically received also at the ISCM Festival in Geneva. Bosmans has performed as a pianist in chamber music and with orchestra.

Her cooperation with the cellists Marix Loevensohn and Frieda Belinfante was cause for several works for cello, among them two concertos and a Poéme' for cello and orchestra (1926). The Concertstuk voor viool en orkest' was written for her fiancé, violinist Francis Koene. Due to his untimely death it was premiered by Louis Zimmerman with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mengelberg (1935).

During World War II Bosmans was excluded from public concert life. After the war she has written mainly vocal works. Lead, kindly light' was premiered by Jo Vincent and the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Adrian Boult (1945). In her last years the collaboration with singer Noémie Perugia inspired a number of songs, mostly on French texts.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1927 String Quartet 4.00 stars 5 CD
Utrecht String Quartet