Jack Unzicker sent me the following information from the recently completed Bradetich International Double Bass Competition:
Attached is a photo of Artem Chirkov.
The winner of the inaugural Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition is Artem Chirkov from Russia, principal bass of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
Photo credit: Jack Unzicker
Mr. Chirkov wins a prize of $10,000 cash, a New York debut, a CD recording and numerous engagements worldwide. His first performance will be October 9th at the Berlin 2010 Bass Festival.
The Second prize of $5000 and a CD recording goes to Namgyun Kim from Korea.
The Third prize winner is Rex Surany from the United States, receiving $2500 and a CD recording.
Honorable Mention runner up is Tian Yang Liu from China.
Audience Favorite at the Finals was Tian Yang Liu.
Special Mention for the best performance of Bach goes to Friedemann Schneeweiss
Special Mention for the best performance of an original bass work post 1970 goes to Chunyang Wang from China.