Nothing quite like the joy of live music to fill up our senses! South-African double bassist James Oesi is a famous face in the classical and contemporary music world. He will grace the World Food Day event with his presence as one of our artistic guides for the day.

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. James began playing the double bass at the age of 12 in 2001 having previously played the piano and the violin. In 2005, aged sixteen, He travelled from Johannesburg to Moscow to pursue studies at the acclaimed Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire under Lev Rakov. James was at the time the youngest student at the conservatoire and the only foreign double bassist. In 2009 an audition for the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation (now Arts Global Artistic Foundation) in Montreux led to his relocation to the Netherlands and in May 2012 he graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, receiving a mark of 10 (out of 10) with distinction. His study was a first in that he was the first double bass player to graduate from the Masters in Solo performance. Continue reading, and listening, on his website

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On Friday 15 October 2021, Netherlands Food Partnership is hosting a unique and uplifting hybrid event for food professionals to celebrate World Food Day 2021. Hundred food professionals gather live in Pakhuis de Zwijger. From there, we will be joined virtually by food pioneers and professionals from four continents. We look forward to have you with us!

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