Regents Professor of 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 United States today. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in he has performed more than concerts on five continents including his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 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 Bradetich began his study of the bass at age 10 in the school orchestra program in Eugene, OR studying with Royce Lewis and Dr.
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From North to South America, from Europe to Asia he is known as an outstanding double bass player and a highly sought-after pedagogue. He is the author of hundreds of transcriptions for the double bass and a book entitled Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge.
He served as Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists as well as editor of its magazine. He is also the founder of the Bradetich Foundation and its International Double Bass Solo Competition, a prestigious contest attracting exceptional performers from all over the world.
Why Double bass? The Influences. Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open doors to a future. It happened to ten-year-old Jeff Bradetich when a local music teacher from Eugene, Oregon, demonstrated string instruments and then encouraged students to play on them. There in Eugene, Jeff was led to discover the double bass, which turned into a life-long purpose.
Robert Hladky, a cello professor at the University of Oregon, became the first instructor to teach Jeff many advanced techniques that applied to the bass and were unknown or unpracticed in the bass world at that time. He was challenged with cello pieces that went well beyond standards of the double bass repertoire.
An intelligible interpretation of a musical composition requires knowledge and understanding of stylistic as well as technical aspects of the performed piece.
An awareness of these aspects helps with decoding the idea behind the piece and delivery of it in a truthful and authentic manner.
Performance of J. Another important milestone for Jeff Bradetich in was a three-week summer master class in Victoria, British Columbia with virtuoso double bass player Gary Karr. Karr's innovative vision on solo double bass performance was transformational and helped to unleash new perspectives.
Forty years later they continue to be implemented and delivered to listeners and students on all occasions, in class and on stage. At the Opera, he often was exposed to alluring singing where he heard elegance and evenness of tone, smooth phrasing, and skillful execution of highly florid passages, all traits of the Seventeenth Century Italian bel canto — beautiful singing style. To modern listeners, bel canto is associated with the voices of the venerable vocal giants Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Jose Carreras who sang on the stage of the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Love for Music and Endurance in his Blood. Born February 3, , in Eugene, Oregon, Jeff Bradetich grew up in a musical and sports-filled household. His grandmother and mother, were both singers, and his father was a coach of all sports. Music and sports were two important elements of his upbringing. Both worlds came to be essential in teaching life-long lessons and had a lasting effect as they helped Bradetich develop a strong character, endurance, discipline and passion for hard work. Love for music prevailed, and the guidance from the school orchestra program directors became critical in determining his professional path.
At the age of 16 Bradetich gave his professional concerto debut and as noted earlier, at 19 joined the orchestra of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the leading opera companies in the United States.
Carnegie Bond. As a celebrated pedagogue Jeff Bradetich is in high demand worldwide. Prior to this appointment in , Bradetich taught on the faculties of Interlochen Arts Academy , University of Michigan , and Northwestern University He has also been a visiting professor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Northwestern University.
For the last twenty-five years, he has been leading the University of North Texas summer master classes, the longest running classes of their kind in the nation.
Under his direction and influence, many other double-bass workshops have been established and have flourished. During his thirty-five-year teaching career, Bradetich has formed a whole generation of new artists and educators.
His students occupy important teaching and leadership positions throughout many higher educational institutions globally. Well beyond classroom teaching. Released in , Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge is one of the ne plus ultra books on double bass playing.
The book is a result of his years of teaching and performance, which focus on methods, techniques, and principles of double bass playing.
He is energetic, always curious, constantly thinks of new projects and accomplishments, builds new platforms and his journey with the bass continues metaphorically and literally. As a devoted teacher, Bradetich relentlessly seeks new ways to educate and share his knowledge.
Jeff Bradetich, President. The Influences Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open doors to a future.
From North to South America, from Europe to Asia he is known as an outstanding double bass player and a highly sought-after pedagogue. He is the author of hundreds of transcriptions for the double bass and a book entitled Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge. He served as Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists as well as editor of its magazine. He is also the founder of the Bradetich Foundation and its International Double Bass Solo Competition, a prestigious contest attracting exceptional performers from all over the world. Why Double bass? The Influences.
Jeffrey David Bradetich born is an American professor and performer of double bass. Bradetich began studying double bass in the public school orchestra program in Eugene, Oregon under the tutelage of Royce Lewis and Dr. Robert Hladky. Then from , he achieved both bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University while working with Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste from the Chicago Symphony. Today, Bradetich is an active lecturer and clinician, holding annual workshops and master classes. He has taught on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University prior to his appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world [ citation needed ] at the University of North Texas College of Music.
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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. Starts at approximately The schedule for this highly individualized program will include: Daily private lessons, daily solo master classes, rehearsal and performance with highly skilled accompanists, daily use of UNT's high tech practice center, and maximum practice time. In addition, repertoire, programming and career advancement will be discussed. This program is designed for aspiring young artists and professional orchestra players. To qualify, students must have a number of solo works ready for study and performance. To apply, upload a video by March 15th,