Jeff Bradetich

"Silence followed the final note as Jeff Bradetich completed an encore...those seconds of stillness were a tribute: When something is perfect, you can't bear to let it end."
- Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon)

"Jeff Bradetich used the double bass to give a lesson in musical phrasing that would have been anybody who has an interest in stringing notes together to make music."
- Austin American-Statesman (Texas)

"His playing had force and elegance, and he produced a remarkably clean, clear sound."
- New York Times

September 20, 2017

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
For more info, please visit:

September 19, 2016

30th Annual Bradetich Master Classes

We can't believe it will be 30 years!!† Next year will mark 30 years of the Bradetich Master Classes and to celebrate, we will be making this next session of the Bradetich Master Classes one of the best ever. Master Class dates are June 20-24th, 2017 and early registration will begin in January 2017. Add this to your calendar folks; this is one you don't want to miss.

September 18, 2016

14th Annual Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists

The Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program will accept only 5 participants to study with Jeff Bradetich. 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.To qualify, students must have a number of solo works ready for study and performance. To apply, upload a video link or send CD/ DVD of two different solo works to: Jeff Bradetich, 1155 Union Circle #311367, Denton, TX 76203 by March 1st, 2017
For more info, please visit:

September 16, 2016

Bradetich Foundation and "Anna's Promise"

The Bradetich Foundation is a proud corporate sponsor of Anna's Promise, a unique multi-media International musical production dedicated to spreading joy, inspiration, compassion, and the double bass to the world.

Anna's Promise is a 55 minute production for a solo bassist, narrator, chamber orchestra and back ground visuals that will be performed in 34 countries around the World with 34 native celebrity bassists between August 2016-June 2017. The musical score is written by the talented Argentine bassist-composer, Andres Martin, and is sponsored by many of our bass merchants. This production is the 3rd in a series of musical journeys conceived by bassist-author-educator Barry Green on themes in his inspirational books. The story of Anna's Promise is about dancers, actors and musicians of any instrument or voice sharing their artistry to future generations.

September 8, 2016

North Texas Bass Camp Photos

Photo's from the 2016 & 2015 North Texas Bass Camp have been uploaded. You can view them by clicking on the link :
Thank you to Jack Unzicker for capturing all these great moments and memories..we hope to see you all at camp next year!!!

December 16, 2014

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

When you give to the Bradetich Foundation, you give a lifetime of music to a child, a student of music, who has dreams to create music that will touch our hearts for a lifetime.
Thank you for your support :)

December 4, 2014

Donation Credit Card Processing

Dear Friends,

We apologize if you have experienced difficulty when donating through our online site. AT&T is in the process of upgrading our site and we should be up and running within 24 hours. To have your donation processed before the site is back online, you can email: All information through our site and email is safe and secure. Thank you very much for your patience and we greatly appreciate your support!

Bradetich Foundation

December 4, 2014

Thank You!

We hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving and hopefully a long holiday weekend filled with family, friend, love, laughter and music! All reminders of what to be thankful for. ** WE are so thankful for you! Our supporters, the music lovers, teachers, students and the listeners ...THANK YOU!
Bradetich Foundation

October 22, 2014

Live Stream-Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00pm in CDT

Jeff Bradetich will perform one of the most important new works for double bass - the Andres Martin Bass Concerto with the UNT Concert Orchestra.
Watch LIVE at either: or†
Tune in and spread the word :)

October 17, 2014

Still time to get your photos from 2014 North Texas Bass Camps

Have you purchased your photos from the 2014 North Texas Bass Camps?† Well your in can still purchase photos from the amazing Jack Unzicker's website. Check out them out and place your order...they make a beautiful Christmas present for the grandparents :)† ††

* We will posting dates for the 2015 North Texas Bass Camps soon...stay tuned!

March 7, 2014

2014 TCU International Double Bass Festival Schedule

The 2014 TCU International Double Bass Festival begins tomorrow! The line up of artists is amazing and are very own Jeff Bradetich will be performing tomorrow, March 8th. Please†CLICK HERE to view the 2014 TCU schedule and click on the link:
to watch LIVE! That's right, all recitals will be broadcasted through a LIVE web cast.† This is a can't miss event..I hope you all tune in and spread the word!

November 18, 2013

Shop AmazonSmile to DONATE to Bradetich Foundation

Get your shopping on at AmazonSmile and they will donate .05% to the Bradetich Foundation of every order made through! CLICK HERE and start your shopping!!
Thank you and spread the word!!

October 3, 2013


In the spirit of Support the Arts Month, we hope you will consider a tax-deductible contribution of any level to the Bradetich Foundation. With your support, we can increase our outreach to ensure opportunities and audiences for the next generation of bass players and music professionals.†Please CLICK HERE to make your tax deductible donation today!
THANK YOU, we appreciate your amazing support!!!

August 13, 2013

Benefit in Los Angeles on Aug. 29th!

We are excited to announce a benefit in Los Angeles will be held on Aug. 29th at Genghis Cohen. Line up includes Jeff Bradetich, Arni Egilsson, David Young, Ryan Bradetich & Inbar Horowitz and Brian Bromberg.† This will be a night of Bass Bass and more Bass to benefit the Bradetich Foundation and Bass on the Broadband.
Where: Genghis Cohen - Los Angeles
When: Thursday, Aug. 29th
Time: 6:00pm-8:15pm
Tickets: $30.00 - Student Discount $15.oo

June 14, 2013

Big Bass Bash and Silent Auction!

Location: Voertman Hall - University of North Texas -
Auction Starts at 6:30pm in Voertman Lobby -
Concert at 7:30 - Auction and raffle ends 15 minutes after Concert!!!!
Items for Raffle and Silent Auction-
3 year ISB Membership -
Realist LifeLine Bass Transducer -
$100.00 Gift Certificate to KC Strings -
Private lessons from the Master's - Jeff Bradetich, Lynn Seaton, Gudrun Raschen, Brian Perry and Kate Jones -
Deluxe Padded Double Bass bags -
$1500.00 Bow from Robertson and Sons Violins -
Bow Rehair by Joe MacMillan -
** Raffle items from local Denton TX stores!!!

May 10, 2013

Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to BENJAMIN DEARMAN on winning the set of Kaplan Double Bass Strings!!! Thanks so much to all who entered the raffle and supporting the Bradetich Foundation. Stayed tuned for the next raffle coming soon!!!
*A big thank you to our sponsor, D'Addario Bowed Strings*

May 2, 2013

Bradetich Master Class Schedule 2013

Here it is...the schedule for the 26th annual Bradetich Master Class June 10-14th!

April 9, 2013

Congratulations to the winners of the ASTA National Solo Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the ASTA National Solo Competition!! The Grand Prize co-winners are Sihao He, cello; and Heran Yang, double bass.
Heran played on a Solano Double Bass!
Double Bass-Senior Division
Heran Yang, Denton, TX - Teacher: Jeffrey Bradetich
Double Bass-Junior Division
Yi Hsuan, Natick, MA -Teacher: Pascale Delache-Feldman
Below is a list of Double Bass Competitors and their Teachers for the Junior and Senior Division:
Yi Hsuan Chiu
Natick, Massachusetts
Teacher: Pascale Delache-Feldman
Paris Myers
Gilbert, Arizona
Teacher: Dan Swaim
Lauren Rodewald
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Teacher: Diana Gannett
Lauren Pierce
Denton, Texas
Teacher: Jeffrey Bradetich
Andrew Small
New Haven, Connecticut
Teacher: Donald Palma
Heran Yang
Denton, Texas
Teacher: Jeffrey Bradetich

March 6, 2013

Solano Basses Sponsors the North Texas Bass Camps

We are pleased to announce the major sponsor for the North Texas Bass Camps, June 10th-14th, is Rumano Solano Basses. Mr. Solano will be present all week with a new line of basses for sale. All proceeds benefit the Bradetich Foundation. Mr. Bradetich performs on a Solano bass as do a number of the top young bass artists.
Please check out Mr. Solano's website to view his extraordinary line of basses.

January 13, 2013

Showcase Sponsors

Thank you to Upton Bass, D'Addario and Robertson and Son's Violins for sponsoring† the Bradetich Foundation Classical Showcase (BFCS) on Bass on the Broadband. Tomorrow will air the 1st showcase of 2013 and is titled, "Happy New Music". The BFCS airs every Sunday at 9-12 Eastern time, 6-9am Pacific time and 15-18:00 European time. You can tune in by logging onto:

December 14, 2012

Raffle Winner!

Congratulations to Lisa Lettie for winning the set of D'Addario Kaplan Double Bass Strings! Your strings will be shipped Monday!

Thanks so all who participated in this months raffle.† We will announce the next raffle soon! Stay tuned :)

November 3, 2012

Sunday Nov 11th-Bradetich Foundation Classical Showcase

Hello Friends! We are happy to announce the official launch of the Bradetich Foundation Classical Showcase will be Sunday Nov. 11th on Bass on the Broadband at 9-12 Eastern time, 6-9am Pacific time and 15-18:00 European time. The shows will also be podcast so that they can be replayed at any time. Please tune in and enjoy!!!
Bradetich Foundation

September 12, 2012

Artem Chirkov's USA Schedule:

Sept. 13th - Bringham Young University, College of Music
Master Class @ 5pm
Sept. 14th - Bringham Young University, College of Music
Recital @ 6pm

Sept. 16th - The 12th Annual Rocky Mountain String Bass Festival
Technique Class @ 2:15pm
Recital @ 5:30pm Grusin Music Hall of the CU College of Music
Sept. 17th @ 7pm Master Class
CU College of Music, room C-199, the Chamber Hall.

Sept. 18th - University of North Texas College of Music
Master Class @ 7:30pm

Sept. 21st - The Austin Bassfest 2012
held at Butler School of Music, The University of Texas at Austin
Recital @ 8pm- Studio (MRH 2.628)
Sept. 22nd - Master Class @ 1pm

Sept. 23rd - San Francisco Conservatory
Master Class @ 11am

Sept. 24th - KNUTH HALL San Francisco State University
Recital @ 7pm

September 10, 2012

the Strad Magazine

The Strad Magazine is offering an exclusive discount for Bradetich Foundation and North Texas Bass Camp Students to SAVE 86%!!! The Bradetich Foundation is thankful for the continued support from The Strad and their generous offer. Please read through the offer and we encourage you to take advantage of this great discount.

July 24, 2012

Silent Auction Thank You's!!

A BIG THANK YOU to the following companies and individuals who donated to our silent auction at the North Texas Bass Camps. All money raised helped benefit the Bradetich Foundation and provided scholarships to students to attend the bass camps.† Thank you all for your continued support and we appreciate all you do!! Roberston & Sons Violins, D'Addario Bowed Strings, Howard Core, David Gage String Instruments,† Reunion Blues,† Kolstein Violins, Connolly Music,† KC Strings, The Strad Magazine, Strings Magazine, ISB, FWSO American Festival Tickets,† Bow Rehair by Joel MacMillian, Penders Music and Private lessons from Jeff Bradetich, Gudrun Raschen, Lynn Seaton and Brian Perry.

July 1, 2012

Reminiscences of the 20th Century on Classical Connect

Classical Connect is a fantastic website dedicated to classical music. We are pleased to announce that you can listen to Artem Chirkov's CD, Reminiscences of the 20th Century and read a wonderful article about Chirkov and the Bradetich Foundation on

Take a look and listen..and spread the word on Classical Connect!

February 23, 2012

Denton Documentary Award

Hello Everyone! We are happy to announce that Bass: Beyond Limitation won the Denton Documentary Award at the Thin Line Film Fest! The Denton Record Chronicle did a great article on the Thin Line Film Fest and featured our film, Bass: Beyond Limitation, Jeff Bradetich and the filmmaker, Andy LaViolette.
Thank you all for your support!


January 26, 2012

Bass: Beyond Limitation

We are excited to announce that the Bradetich International Double Bass Solo Competition documentary dvd, Bass: Beyond Limitation, has been accepted into the, Thin Line Film Fest! Thin Line Film Fest is an international documentary film festival held in Denton, TX. and runs for 11 days.
Bass: Beyond Limitation will be shown on Fri. Feb. 17th at 8pm.† Please check out the, Thin Line Film Fest, website for more information.
We're even featured on their homepage! Just click on our documentary and it will take you to all the info for the screening of, Bass: Beyond Limitation!

January 17, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello All and Happy New Year! Can you believe we are in the year 2012 and guess what? We are still finding that the majority of string/orchestra competitions do not include the double bass. How could this be?? Well, there's good news. We are continuously working on exciting initiatives and events and one of them is the next Bradetich International Double Bass Solo Competition, which will take place in 2014.† Details of the competition will† be announced in the Fall on this year to give everyone plenty of time to prepare. Stay Tuned!

November 4, 2011


Earlier this week, the University of North Texas honored our very own Jeff Bradetich with the Creative Impact Award. This is a campus wide competition and Jeff was one of three that was nominated. It's wonderful that Jeff is being recognized for all his hard work and dedication to his students, the Bradetich Foundation and the University of North Texas.† Jeff's continuous contributions, expertise and creativity have a worldwide impact on how we view, hear and play the double bass.

Congratulations on!


Tammy Jo Leonard
Executive Director / Bradetich Foundation


October 4, 2011

Thank You!!

We are thrilled to announce that the results are in from the Sept.15th, Get Up and Give Day! Thanks to all of you amazing double bass lovers, the† Bradetich Foundation brought in $9,425.00 with DonorBridge matching $.097 to every dollar!

We couldn't have done it without your unbelievable support for the double bass and the Bradetich Foundation. Just like all donations to the foundation, every dollar is put toward our mission by continuing our† work in performance, education and outreach so that children and adults alike will have an opportunity to experience the joys of the double bass.

We thank you so much for helping make this years Get Up and Give Day a huge success!

September 12, 2011

Save the Date- Sept. 15th!

This Thursday- Sept. 15th, we all have the opportunity to help the Bradetich Foundation continue its mission. We have been accepted to participate in the,"Get Up and Give" , campaign where DonorBridge will partially match all gifts above $25.00 to the Bradetich Foundation. This will happen for One Day Only from 7am - 7pm (central time) on Thursday, September 15th.
All donations must be made online through the† DonorBridge website, search for "Bradetich Foundation" and then hit the "Donate Now" link.

Thank you very much for helping us to benefit from this great opportunity.

September 12, 2011

Pirastro Strings

The Bradetich Foundation would like to give a special thanks to Pirastro Strings for their continued sponsorship for the Elite Soloist Program. The Pirastro Strings sponsorship provides for free tuition, room and board for the 5 students selected by audition to study with Jeff Bradetich. Daily lessons and solo classes are held in a highly individualized program with a focus on developing an artistís level approach to solo performance.

July 18, 2011

North Texas Bass Camps

North Texas Bass Camps was a huge success! We want to thank everyone who attended the bass camp and especially those who donated to our silent auction:
D'Addario Music Foundation
D'Addario Bowed Strings
Robertson and Sons Violin Shop †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Howard Core
Lynn Seaton
Joel MacMillan†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Penderís† Music††††††††††††††††
Dallas Strings††††††††††††††††††††††
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
TX Camerata†††††††††
Cliburn Foundation††††††††††
Gudrun Raschen†††††††††††††††
Also a very big thank you to, Kari Battaglia, Jack Unzicker and Lyris Hung.† Kari Battaglia helped tremendously in putting an amazing silent auction and reception together!† Jack Unzicker captured fantastic photos from the North Texas Bass Camp that you can view and purchase through his website:
Lyris Hung, the D'Addario Bowed Strings Specialist, gave an exceptional presentation to the campers on the construction and manufacturing of double bass strings.

We hope you all had a wonderful time and we look forward to seeing you next year at the North Texas Bass Camps!


North Texas Bass Camps:
June 13, 15 and 17 at the University of North Texas College of Music.

On the 13th a combined concert featuring Lynn Seaton and the Backwater Opera Band, Recital Hall at 7 pm.

On the 15th is the faculty recital of the teachers at the North Texas Bass Camps including Jessica Gilliam Valls, Jack Unzicker, Gudrun Raschen, Carlos Gaviria, Jeff Bradetich and a special jazz presentation by Drew Phelps, Recital Hall 7:30 pm.

On Friday the 17th
is the Bass Bash Grand Finale concert featuring all of the participants of the North Texas Bass Camps (some 80+ students) performing in ensembles and en mass. It is quite the spectacle!!! 7:30 concert in Voertman Concert Hall with a Silent Auction preceding the concert.

The Recital Hall and Voertman Hall are locate in the College of Music at UNT,
415 Ave. C, Denton 76203.
All concerts are free and open to the public.