Jiří Hudec - Double Bass

Jiří Hudec Double BassJiří Hudec was born in Brno in 1953 and studied at the conservatory there under Julius Vetruba. In 1977 he graduated from the Janacek Academy of Music and Arts, successfully auditioning for the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the same year.

He has enjoyed success in a number of international competitions, notably in Markneukirchen in the former DDR in 1975 finalist, in 1977 2nd prize, in ARD Munich 3rd prize, and at the first Isle of Man International Double Bass Competition in 1978, which he won outright. This led to a broadcast solo recital in London's Wigmore Hall and the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Richard Rodney Bennett with the English Chamber Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Hudec is currently the principal Double Bass player for the Czech Philharmonic, taking over from František Pošta  and Zdeněk Benda  in 1990.

Since 1980 Jiři Hudec has been a member of the faculty at the Prague Academy of Music and Artswhere he lectures keen musicians. In 2001 he joined the academic staff of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where he now teaches on a permanent basis.

Jiří Hudec was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Northern College in recognition of his accomplishments. He has given seminars and masterclasses in Tokyo, Toyama and Memambetsu in Japan, Sommerakademie in Detmold  and Dresden, Capbreton, Glasgow, Beijing, Bass club at Menuhin school. Since 2013 he regularly leads masterclasses at ISA Semmering (Austria).