Foundation News
September 20, 2017 Congratulations!
We still can't get over how amazing the 2nd Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition was in September. Thank you to everyone who helped make the competition an extraordinary event that was seen and appreciated worldwide.
Congratulations to the Prize Winners
1st Prize: Dominik Wagner
2nd Prize: Szymon Marciniak
3rd Prize: Marek Romanoski
Honorable Mention: Mikyung Soung
Special Recognition: Sam Suggs

August 14, 2017 31st Annual Bradetich Master Classes

Master Class dates are June 18-22, 2018 and early registration will begin in January 2018.

August 14, 2017 15th Annual Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists

The Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program will be in early June, 2018 and will accept only 5 participants to study with Jeff Bradetich for an intense week of lessons, solo master classes and performances. Thanks to the generous support of Pirastro Strings, this program offers free tuition, room and board. The Pirastro company will also supply participants with free strings. Application are due by March 1st, 2018
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The Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition
September 1-5, 2017
Denton, Texas, USA

The Bradetich Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd International Double Bass Solo Competition, September 1-5, 2017, hosted by the University of North Texas College of Music, in Denton, Texas, USA. The finest solo performers in the world are invited to compete for the most generous awards in double bass history. The Competition is open to anyone under the age of 35 as of the first day of the competition September 1, 2017, and who has not given a formal New York City debut recital. The Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition endeavors to identify emerging international artists to provide career advancement and leadership opportunities.

A maximum of twenty performers will be invited to participate in the competition, which will include three rounds of performances and one interview round. Round One will be September 1-2. Up to ten performers will be selected and announced on September 2 to advance to Rounds Two and Three, both held on September 3. Monday, September 4 will be a day of master classes with the judges, for entrants that do not advance to the Final Round, and orchestra rehearsals for the finalists. On Tuesday, September 5, the three finalists will perform in the Final Round with orchestra. The combined scoring in all four rounds by the judges will determine the winners. Special prizes will be awarded from the audience and on-line vote in the Final Round.

Click Here for 2017 Competition Poster

Round One (Traditional Classical Repertoire - 25 minutes)
• Bach Cello Suite (any movement)
• Contemporary Solo, originally for double bass, post 1979 (with or without accompaniment)
• Original Double Bass work(s) from the Classical, Romantic and/or 20th Century (pre-1979)
• No movements from the Final Round concerto choice are allowed in Round One

Round Two (Recital - 40 minutes)
A solo recital of the competitor’s choosing, showcasing the performer’s uniqueness and the particular style(s) or genre that they champion. Different styles include, but are not limited to: Traditional Classical, Early Music, Avante Garde, Crossover, Performance Art, etc. Only one work from Round One may be repeated in Round Two. No movements from the Final Round concerto choice are allowed in Round Two. Original works and transcriptions are permitted.

Round Three (Interview - 30 minutes)
Each competitor will interview with the Board of Directors of the Bradetich Foundation to identify the performer’s readiness for a solo career, ability to be an ambassador for the bass and a leader in the profession.

Final Round (Concerto with Orchestra)
Finalists will perform a concerto with orchestra, with live video streaming worldwide. The concerto repertoire must be chosen from the following works: Bottesini Concerto No. 2; Vanhal Concerto; Proto 9 Variants on Paganini; Andrés Martin Concierto para Contrabajo; Haydn Cello Concerto in C; Tchaikovsky Rocco Variations.

The Competition is open to anyone age 35 and under (as of the first day of the competition, September 1, 2017), who has not given a formal New York City debut recital.

The following tunings are acceptable for the competition: Standard solo and orchestral tuning, tuning in 5ths and Vienesse tuning.

Not allowed: High C tuning

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Gold Medal 1st Prize, $10,000 US cash sponsored by Solano Basses

  • A fully-funded New York debut recital in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • A CD recording, production and distribution
  • A series of concerts and master classes with orchestras, at major universities and at bass festivals throughout the United States and abroad
  • Career development for four years

Silver Medal 2nd Prize, $5000 US cash sponsored by Pirastro Strings

Bronze Medal 3rd Prize, $2500 US cash sponsored by Robertson’s Violin Shop

All applications MUST contain:

Completed Entry Form
Entry Fee of $100 payable on line or by check in US funds drawn on a US bank
Three different works of any style recorded live on video with no editing (15-25 minutes duration). Follow the submission instructions below.
Listing of repertoire performed on qualifying round. For each selection, include title, movement(s) and composer.
Listing of all teachers whom you have studied with for more than four (4) months
One-page biography
Listing of proposed repertoire for Round One, Round Two and the Final Round concerto: title, composer and timing (length) of the works

Entries must be submitted by February 1, 2017

Be sure to keep hard copies of all materials for your own records.
Qualifying round recorded audition video requirements:

Video: Maximum time: 25 minutes. Three solo works for double bass, with or without accompaniment, original or transcription, showing the range and diversity of the performer’s talents. Edits to piano interludes are acceptable and preferred. The three works can be taken as single movements from different concertos or sonatas and/or in combination with any other single entity solo work(s).

  • Videos must have been recorded on or after January 1, 2013.
  • If a work has an accompaniment, it must be recorded as such.
  • Electronic accompaniments are unacceptable unless the piece specifically requires this medium.
  • Works written for double bass plus one or more other instruments must be recorded using all instruments.
  • It is strongly encouraged to submit the highest level recording possible.
  • The repertoire for each round of the competition may be changed, with written notice to the Foundation office no later than July 20, 2017.

Submit Video: Instructions on submitting the video are on the application.

Competition Contact:
Tammy Jo Leonard
Bradetich Foundation Executive Director


DEADLINE: All entry forms and fees must be received by February 1, 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete and/or late entries will not be judged; please recheck all details on this form before sending application.

All international competitors are responsible for obtaining their own travel visa. The Bradetich Foundation will assist with letters of invitation, etc.