Mittenwald International Masterclass

13th Mittenwald International Double Bass Masterclass with prof Jeff Bradetich, Andreas Bennetzen, Alex Bayer, Alexis Scharff & physiotherapist Angela Gebler.


August 6-11, 2017



Jeff Bradetich, prof. University of North Texas



Double bass professor Jeff Bradetich teaches a master class every summer in Mittenwald together with Andreas Bennetzen.

Jeff Bradetich is prof. at the University of North Texas and a world famous classical music performer.


---Highlights include---


-Solo lessons

-Intense technical training

-Orchestral training

-Double Basses that you can borrow for FREE

-A nice friendly learning environment

-Highly experienced faculty

-Guest teachers

-Concerts, workshops and tour of world famous double bass maker family Pöllmanns workshop.


Mittenwald is a historic town situated in the Bavarian Alps 938 meters up the Karwendelspitz- this area has always had excellent wood for building instruments and is the home of the Pöllmann double basses.


The town is also a popular tourist attraction so it´s full of cosy restaurants, hotels and bavarian good spirits.


Fee for the course is 480€


Please contact me for more information and registration.




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A short article from The

Strad Magazine


A review of our concert in Augsburg 2015


Selected letters from participants


Dear Jeff,

How are you? I'm very happy here in Germany. It is a beautiful country with great people that are trying to help me very much.

About your Bass Camp in Mittenwald, I was/am so happy! I'm practicing your method every day and I am improving so much an so fast that I'm incredibly amazed! I have a much bigger sound, I have a better control of both hands and of course of the vibrato, more precission, it has helped me use my head almost all the time... although I have so much information!! My double bass seems to be someone else's instrument, it has a longer (from sul tasto to the bridge) range of sound... and I think I could continue for ages telling you!! I can play some of your exercices at a very fast speed and in many different tones!

It was just what I was looking for as double bass technique. It is so similar to what I have discovered on cello playing and teaching that it makes me play double bass nearly at the same level as 25 years playing cello and 18 years teaching (since I was only 15)!!

After the summer break I'm trying to look for a good teacher in this area. During the course you recommended me to write you and ask you. I live in Thüringen; near Weimar, Leipzig and Dresden. Do you know any double bassist in this area? I'm a little bit lost. What dou you think? Could you please help me?

Well Jeff, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all of your help. I hope you had a great time in Europe and that 2012/2013 is a fantastic school year at your University.

Hoping to hear from you.

All the best,

Sara Moneo



This is what a participant from Germany had to say about the masterclass.


”I just wanted to tell you that I really liked your masterclass week in Mittenwald.

As I came home and started practising again, I am doing your material, mostly in the thumb position and the shifting drills. And now I feel much better while playing the bass.

I also was trying different sitting positions and now finally I am more or less with the one you do. For me and for the german bow I think its best with the bass quite vertical. And I really notice a big big change in my sound, more clear, more focused and more solistic. Also my collegues in our chamber orchestra noticed the difference or I think it more that is the first time they listened really to my playing because of this new sound.

For this I want to thank you for sharing your method, your ideas and your musicality with us.

Maybe you remember Jan from Sweden. Well, he liked my playing and I am going to Umea, North Sweden, to play with the orchestra as a sub for a week. He is principal there.

Maybe when your book will be released you can let me know shortly, because there are many things I learned which I am working now with my students. And it is not only technical stuff, but also in how to teach, how to talk. I think I didn´t hear from you in this week the word "NO"

Thats all for now, but I hope we stay in contact.

Greetings from Spain / Michael and Sole




This is a review from the local paper. In German. Click to view






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