Jeff Bradetich 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. Since his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1982, where he was hailed as “…the master of his instrument” by the New York Times, he has performed more than 500 concerts on five continents.
Mr. Bradetich studied with cellist Robert Hladky and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he studied with Chicago Symphony bassists Warren Benfield and Joseph Guastafeste.
He taught on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Michigan, and Northwestern University prior to his 1994 appointment as director of the largest double bass program in the world at the University of North Texas. His summer master classes are offered in the USA, Mittenwald, Germany and Hong Kong. He has given more than 1200 master classes in his career and has also recorded six solo albums, two commercial DVD’s and numerous instructional videos.
His students hold positions in major orchestras on six continents and occupy many important teaching and leadership positions throughout the profession.
Mr. Bradetich has recently established the Bradetich Foundation dedicated to the advancement of the double bass. The 2nd Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Competition will be held in 2016 at the University of North Texas offering the largest prizes in bass history with the first prize valued at more than $30,000 including a New York debut recital. Complete information is available at: www.bradetichfoundation.org
His new book – Double Bass: The Ultimate Challenge, on pedagogy and performance on the bass, was released in June, 2009 and has been called “one of the most important books in the past 50 years.” It is available from amazon.com.