Here’s another popular interview from the Contrabass Conversations archives:
Interview: 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 450 concerts on four continents including his London debut in Wigmore Hall in 1986. 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. 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.
In addition to his international tours as a performer and teacher, Mr. Bradetich has been an active proponent of the double bass. As Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists from 1982-1990 he established the ISB International Conventions, now in their 25th year; the ISB Classical, Jazz and Orchestral International Competitions; the ISB Endowment Fund and the ISB Magazine.
In 1987, Mr. Bradetich co-founded Music For All To Hear, Inc., 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.
He continues to offer his Summer Master Classes, now in their 21st year, for students of all ages and abilities. He has also help to encourage, develop and organize many other double bass workshops throughout the world including the Texas Bass Symposiums, the Hammond Ashley Memorial Workshops and the Mittenwald, Germany International Master Classes.
Learn more about Jeff and his foundation at BradetichFoundation.org.