Jeff Bradetich

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 US today. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982 he has performed more than 400 concerts on three continents including his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1986. He has won many major solo competitions and has been featured on radio and television throughout North and South America and Europe including CBS, CNN, BBC, CBC and NPR.

As a young student growing up in Eugene, Oregon, Mr. Bradetich studied with Robert Hladky, cello professor at the University of Oregon. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste. His 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; summer study with Gary Karr and many of the leading double bass pedagogues in the US; and performing for four seasons with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra.

Since that time, Mr. Bradetich has been an active lecturer and clinician and has transcribed more than 100 solo works for the double bass. He has produced an instructional video and has recently released a DVD recording of the first Bach cello suite. He has recorded six solo albums with his wife Judi Rockey Bradetich on piano, including two firsts for the double bass: a Christmas album and a Children's recording. His newest CD is Double Bass Portraits on Klavier Records.

As Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists from 1982-1990 he established the ISB International Conventions, ISB Solo Competition, ISB Endowment Fund and ISB Magazine. He also served as editor of the magazine for 6 years. He taught on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy (1980-1983), University of Michigan (1980-1983), and Northwestern University (1983-1994) prior to his 1994 appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world at the University of North Texas.

Mr. Bradetich is the founder of The Bradetich Foundation, which strives to advance and cultivate a prominent international presence for double bassists, and to command high performance standards and opportunities through solo competitions, educational outreach and cross-cultural connections.  Mr. Bradetich is also co-founder of Music For All To Hear, the first company to record music especially arranged and acoustically prepared for the hard of hearing. His pioneering work in this field has helped to bring music into the lives of thousands of individuals with hearing losses.

Exclusive Sheet Music from Ovation Press edited by Jeff Bradetich

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