New double bass competition to be held in Texas

Posted on: June 10, 2010

The inaugural International Double Bass Solo Competition is set to take place from June 16 to 20 at the University of North Texas’s College of Music, in Denton, Texas. The competition, which will award prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 to the gold, silver, and bronze medalists, is presented by the Bradetich Foundation—established in 2008 by UNT Regents Professor of Double Bass Jeff Bradetich—with the purpose of advancing the performing, teaching, and knowledge of the double bass. All winners will earn CD recording and distribution; concerts and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and abroad; and four years of assistance in career development. “In my young ’20s,” said Bradetich in a statement, “I tried to apply to major solo competitions in New York. They all kindly wrote back and said, ‘We’re sorry; we don’t accept double bass.’ This competition will give the finest young bassists in the world the opportunity to showcase their tremendous talents and musical personalities. Winners will be international ambassadors for the double bass and will be provided with assistance to develop their solo careers.”

Posted June 10, 2010