Artem Chirkov of St. Petersburg, Russia, walked away with the top prize — $10,000 and a New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall — in the final round of the inaugural Bradetich Foundation International Double Bass Solo Competition held Sunday night (June 20) at the University of North Texas.
Namgyun Kim of Daegu, Korea, clinched the second-place prize of $5,000, and Rex Surany of New Jersey won the $2,500 third-place prize. All three prize winners earned CD recording and distribution, concerts and master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad and four years of career development.
Tian Yang Liu, a UNT student pursuing an artist certificate and master’s degree, earned honorable mention and was named the favorite of the voting audience.
The competition began June 16 with performances from 20 finalists from across the world. After two days of preliminary rounds, judges chose nine semi-finalists June 17. Four finalists were named June 18.
Artem Chirkov — Gold medalist
Artem Chirkov, 30 years old from St. Petersburg, Russia, studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with A. Shilo and at the Hochschule fur Music und Theater in Munich with Klaus Trumpf. He is currently principal bassist in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and is also a member of Bassiona Amorosa Bass Quartet. He was the winner of the Sperger and Brno Double Bass Competitions and the second prize winner of the ISB Competition.
Namgyun Kim — Silver medalist
Namgyun Kim, 26 years old from Daegu, Korea, is pursuing the degree of Meister Klasse at the Hochschule for Music in Munich where he studies with Heinrich Braun. He has been invited to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, Frankfurter Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic, and NDR Radio Philharmonic and has studied with Sungwon Choi in Korea and in Berlin, Geneva, Frankfurt and Mannheim.
Rex Surany – Bronze medalist
Rex Surany, 22 years old from New Jersey, is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Hal Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He is also pursuing interests in composition and leading a string trio with mandolin, guitar, and bass. He was the second prize winner of the 2008 ISB Orchestral Competition.
Tian Yang Liu — Honorable mention, audience favorite
Tian Yang Liu, 25 years old from Changsha, China, studied with his father Zhen An Yang and received his bachelor’s degree from the China Conservatory in Beijing as a student of Jun Xia Hou. He is currently pursuing a graduate artist certificate at UNT where he studies with Jeff Bradetich. He was the second prize winner of the 2009 Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artists’ Competition.
About the Bradetich Foundation
The Bradetich Foundation was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of advancing the performing, teaching and knowledge of the double bass. It represents the vision of founder Jeff Bradetich and the culmination of his 30 years of service to the profession.
The Foundation is dedicated to identifying the top performers in the world and helping to develop their careers through major competitions, debut concerts in New York, CD recordings and concert tours. For more information, visit www.bradetichfoundation.org.