Jeff Bradetich

Jeff Bradetich Professor, Double Bass

Jeff Bradetich, Double Bass

Proclaimed by the New York Times as "the master of his instrument," Jeff Bradetich is regarded as one of the leading performers and teachers of the double bass in the world today. He gave his professional concerto debut at the age of 16 and was appointed to the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago by age 19. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982, he has performed solo concerts on five continents and in many of the major cities of the world. He has, recorded seven solo albums of music for double bass and piano and has been featured on radio and television throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Mr. Bradetich began his study of the bass at age 10 in the school orchestra program in Eugene, Oregon studying with Royce Lewis and cellist Dr. Robert Hladky. He earned both Bachelor and Master's degrees studying at Northwestern University with Chicago Symphony bassists Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste. Other major musical influences include performing for ten seasons at the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling, one of the world’s leading Bach authorities, and summer study with Gary Karr and many of the leading double bass pedagogues in the US.

In addition to being an active lecturer and clinician, Mr. Bradetich has transcribed more than 100 solo works and served as a judge on many international solo competitions. He has produced both intermediate and advanced level instructional videos and numerous DVD recordings for Youtube including the first and fourth Bach cello suites and the first movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto. He has given more than 1500 master classes throughout the world including annual week-long workshops in the US (35 years), Germany and Hong Kong. He also served as Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists from 1982-1990 where he established the ISB Conventions and Solo Competitions. He was editor of its magazine for 6 years. In June, 2021 the ISB recognized his 40 years of teaching with their Special Recognition Award in Teaching.

Mr. Bradetich has taught on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan and Northwestern University prior to his 1994 appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world at the University of North Texas (UNT). His students hold positions in major orchestras on six continents and occupy many important teaching and leadership positions throughout the profession. In 2011 he was honored by UNT as the first recipient of its Creative Impact Award - designed to honor the faculty member whose work in the literary or creative arts has had the greatest societal impact.

In 2008 Mr. Bradetich established the Bradetich Foundation for the advancement of the double bass. The Foundation has hosted two Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competitions at UNT offering the largest prizes in double bass history. www.bradetichfoundation.org

His book – Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge, on pedagogy and performance on the bass, was released in 2009. Now in its third printing and considered one of the most important books of its kind in the past 50 years, it has been translated into Spanish and Chinese on eBook and is now available in video format with hundreds of short videos teaching every aspect of bass technique from www.miabass.org.

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