Beijing Central Conservatory doctoral student Feng Zhou reports that the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China held its 4th Double Bass Competition, October 8-12, 2010. 26 participants from all over the country competed in two groups, ages 19 to 30 and age 18 and younger. Entrants played concerto and sonata repertoire by Bottesini, Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky, Vanhal, Misek and other composers. The jury included Rob Nairn (chair, U.S.), Daxun Zhang (U.S.), Xu Zhitong and Wei Baozheng. The director of the double bass teaching and research group at the Central Conservatory, Professor Chen Ziping, was in charge of the competition. Winners of the junior group were: 1st prize, Li Gengpei; 2nd prize, Wang Lingfeng; and 3rd prize, Guo Jingwan. The winners of the senior group were: 1st prize, Bayan Menghe and Cai Jieqi; 2nd prize, Zhang Tianshu; and 3rd prize, Li Lijun. Rob Nairn presented a recital to open the competition. During the competition week there were two more concerts with performances by the teachers and students of the Central Conservatory. Rob Nairn and Daxun Zhang held masterclasses after the competition. For more information go to http://www.basschina.com.
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