The Bradetich Foundation* presents the inaugural International Double Bass Solo Competition, hosted by the University of North Texas’ renowned College of Music, June 16–20.
Twenty-one double bassists from across the world will compete for a gold medal prize of $10,000 and a New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The silver medalist will earn $5,000, and the bronze medalist will receive $2,500. All three prize winners will earn CD recording and distribution, concerts and master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad and four years of career development. Winners will be chosen by a panel of acclaimed judges, as well as voting by the audience.
Competition founder Jeff Bradetich, UNT Regents professor of double bass, says he expects the event will help double bassists earn long-needed appreciation and respect as solo instrumentalists.
“I didn’t have this opportunity when I was this age,” Bradetich said. “In my young 20s, 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.’ About a decade later, major solo competitions began accepting double bass contestants. Now, this competition will give double bassists an opportunity to compete with the finest young bassists in the world. Winners will be international ambassadors for the double bass and will be provided with assistance to develop their solo careers.”
The competition includes three rounds of performances and one interview round.
First Round - Wednesday and Thursday, June 16 &17, 10 am -5 pm in the UNT College of Music Recital Hall. All 21 competitors will perform for 25 minutes.
Second Round - Friday, June 18 from 10-5 pm in the UNT College of Music Recital Hall. Approximately 8 competitors will perform a 40 minute recital.
Final Round - Sunday, June 20 at 7:30 pm in the Murchison Performing Arts Center on the UNT campus. Approximately 3 competitors will perform a full concerto with orchestra.
Master Classes will be given on Saturday, June 19 from 10-5:30 pm by the double bass judges of the competition, held in the College of Music Recital Hall
Cost: All three performance rounds of the Competition and the master classes are open to the public at no charge with free-will donations accepted at the door.
This year’s competitors are:
Ted Botsford, 26 years old from Bethesda, Md., received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison. He also received the Diplome and Teaching Certificate from the Institut International Francois Rabbath in Paris, France, and was awarded a Teaching Certificate by George Vance for the pedagogue's Progressive Repertoire. He is currently a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Austin, Texas.
Man Wai Che, 24 years old from Hong Kong, received his bachelor’s degree from Juilliard and is currently pursuing a graduate artist certificate at UNT, where he is a student of Bradetich. He was the winner of ASTA/Auday-Giormenti Double Bass Competition.
Artem Chirkov, 30 years old from St. Petersburg, Russia, studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with A. Shilo and at the Hochschule fur Music und Theater in Munich with Klaus Trumpf. He is currently principal bassist in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and is also a member of Bassiona Amorosa Bass Quartet. He was the winner of the Sperger and Brno Double Bass Competitions and the second prize winner of the ISB Competition.
Jacy Cobalis, 24 years old from Austin, Texas, studied with David Neubert at the University of Texas, Miloslav Jelinek in Brno, Czech Republic, received his bachelor’s degree from UNT with Bradetich and was awarded a master’s degree at Arizona State University where he studies with Catalin Rotaru. He was the first prize winner of the International Double Bass Competition in Brno, Czech Republic.
Yann Dubost, 26 years old from Lyon, France, graduated from CNSM de Lyon where he studied with Bernard Cazauran. He is musician in residence in the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris and was the winner of the 1999 International Competition of Wattrelos in France, 2004 Haverhill Soloist Competition in England, and 2005 ISB Solo Competition.
William Farrington, 26 years old from Dublin, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Columbus Symphony and was the winner of Aspen Music Festival’s 2009 Low Strings Competition and the second prize winner of 2009 ISB Solo Competition.
Ira Gold, 28 years old from Houston, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University as a student of Edwin Barker and a master’s degree from Rice University where he studied with Paul Ellison. He is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and is adjunct faculty at The Peabody Conservatory.
Kevin Jablonski, 22 years old from Columbus, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from Rice University and is currently a graduate student there where he studies with Paul Ellison. He was the winner of the Senior Division at the 2005 ISB Young Bassists Competition and the second prize winner of 2008 International Sperger Bass Competition.
Namgyun Kim, 26 years old from Daegu, Korea, is pursuing the degree of Meister Klasse at the Hochschule for Music in Munich where he studies with Heinrich Braun. He has been invited to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurter Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, and NDR Radio Philharmonic and has studied with Sungwon Choi in Korea and in Berlin, Geneva, Frankfurt and Mannheim.
Aleksey Klyushnik, 24 years old from Dnepropetrovk, Ukraine, received his bachelor’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory where he studied with David Moore and is currently pursuing his master’s degree at the Yale School of Music where he studies with Donald Palma. He was the winner of the 2005 State ASTA Solo Competition and the Young Artist Parness Concerto Competition.
Tian Yang Liu, 25 years old from Changsha, China, studied with his father Zhen An Yang and received his bachelor’s degree from the China Conservatory in Beijing as a student of Jun Xia Hou. He is currently pursuing a graduate artist certificate at UNT where he studies with Bradetich. He was the second prize winner of the 2009 Coeur d'Alene Symphony Young Artists' Competition.
Edouard Marcarez, 20 years old from Douai, France, is currently a student at CNSMDP (Paris Conservatory) where he studies with Thierry Barbe, and is also a bassist of the Lille National Orchestra. He was the winner of International Competition of Epernay in France, Bass 2008 Competition, and International Scottish Competition in Glasgow.
Evan Premo, 24 years old from Amasa, Mich., earned his degrees in double bass performance and composition from the University of Michigan where he studied with Diana Gannett. He has performed his arrangements for bass and piano at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and also premiered his own concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Thierry Roggen, 22 years old from Bern, Switzerland, is currently a student at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany, where he studies with Božo Paradžik. He recently performed Violeta Dinescu’s Bass Concerto with Bayerische Philharmonie, which was written for him. Thierry was the winner of the “Silver Bow” of the 2008 Sperger Double Bass Competition and the Swiss Young Composers Competition.
Friedemann Schneeweiss, 22 years old from Pirna, Germany, is a student at the Academy (HMT) in Rostock where he studies with Silvio Dalla Torre. He is also a member of the Concertino Ensemble Rostock and the Rostocker Klavierquintett and gives solo performances in Germany and Austria.
Nicholas Schwartz, 20 years old from Brookline, Mass., is a student at Boston University where he studies with Edwin Barker and is also the youngest member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Schwartz was the first prize winner of the 2009 ISB Solo Competition and Stulberg International String Competition.
Brett Shurtliffe, 30 years old from Colden, N.Y., received his master’s degree from Duquesne University where he studied with Jeffrey Turner, and is currently associate principal bass of the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. Shurtliffe was the winner of the 2005 ISB Orchestral Competition and received Top Honors for Bass at the National ASTA Solo Competition.
Rex Surany, 22 years old from New Jersey, is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He is also pursuing interests in composition and leading a string trio with mandolin, guitar, and bass. He was the second prize winner of the 2008 ISB Orchestral Competition.
Chun Yang Wang, 24 years old from Harbin, China, received his bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree under Timothy Cobb. He was the winner of the 2004 ASTA-Linear Double Bass Competition. He also serves as the principal bass of New York Asian Symphony Orchestra.
Heran Yang, 19 years old from Harbin, China, is currently a student at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore where he studies with Guennadi Mouzyka. He has performed professionally with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Maxwell Zeugner, 26 years old from Worcester, Mass., studied at the Juilliard School with Orin O’Brien and at Boston University with Edwin Barker. He is the former principal bassist of the Northern Sinfonia and is currently a member of the Netherlands Philharmonic. In July 2010, he will start as principal bassist of the BBC Philharmonic. Maxwell has also served as faculty of Newcastle University.
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About the Bradetich Foundation
The Bradetich Foundation was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of advancing the performing, teaching and knowledge of the double bass. It represents the vision of founder Jeff Bradetich and the culmination of his 30 years of service to the profession.
The Foundation is dedicated to identifying the top performers in the world and helping to develop their careers through major competitions, debut concerts in New York, CD recordings and concert tours. For more information, visit www.bradetichfoundation.org.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is the choice of more than 1,600 music majors from all over the world who are pursuing a wide variety of specializations, including classical music performance, jazz studies, music education, composition, musicology, theory and ethnomusicology. The college provides a rich musical environment with 100 full-time faculty members, 200 adjuncts and graduate assistants, a vast music library, and more than 40 student ensembles. UNT music alumni populate every corner of the profession in this country and abroad.