Italian musician and composer Ezio Bosso died on Friday May 15th in Bologna.
Bosso, 48, has been suffering from a neurodegenerative disease since 2011. He initially continued to play the piano but since 2017 has concentrated on conducting and composing.
He learned to read and play music before the age of four, and at the age of 14, he became the bass player for the band Statuto. In 2011, following an operation due to the removal of a neoplasm, he was struck by a neurodegenerative syndrome which, however, did not prevent him from continuing to play, compose and direct, a syndrome that had initially been wrongly indicated by the media as ALS.
Bosso later abandoned popular music in order to become an orchestral conductor and classical composer. He conducted such prominent orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra.
On October 30, 2015 his first major studio album, The 12th Room, was released and peaked at number three on the Italian FIMI albums chart.
Bosso has won several awards for his compositions, including the Australian Green Room Award, the Syracuse NY Award and two David di Donatello Awards. His compositions have appeared in various films, performance art and theatrical productions.
In September 2019 Bosso let it be known that due to a neurodegenerative illness he was losing the control of two fingers. Therefore he was not able to play the piano anymore.
“Earlier in 2019, Bosso asked fans to stop begging him to play the piano as two of his fingers “no longer respond well” because of a neurodegenerative illness”, reported the Guardian.
Bosso was conducting his Philharmonic Orchestra of Europe at a theatre in Foggia, in the southern Italian region of Puglia, on Saturday night when he reportedly came under pressure from the audience to play. “If you love me, please don’t ask me to play any more,” Italian newspapers quoted him as saying during a discussion at an exhibition centre in Bari the next day.
“You do not know the suffering it causes me … I have two fingers that no longer respond well and so I can’t give as much to the music.”
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