International Society of Bassists names winners of Performance and Makers competitions

Aaron Olguin was awarded the Gary Karr Prize in the Solo Division of the Performance Competition, while Convention Favourite in the Makers Competition was awarded to Arnold Schnitzer

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The International Society of Bassists (ISB) has named the winners of its Performance and Makers competitions, held on 5 and 6 June in conjunction with the ISB 2017 Convention at Ithaca College, New York.

Aaron Olguin (pictured), a graduate student of Gudrun Raschen and Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas, was awarded the Gary Karr Prize in the Solo Division of the Performance Competition – including a cash award of $2,500, an expenses-paid recital to open the 2019 ISB Convention, and a new bow by Vladimir Radosavljevic valued at $6,000.

The Scott Lafaro Prize in the Jazz Division, including $2,500 and an expenses-paid concert to open the 2019 ISB Convention, went to Luca Alemanno. First prize in the Orchestra Division – a paid week with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – went to Adam Attard.

Convention Favourite in the Makers Competition was awarded to Arnold Schnitzer, while Honourable Mention Convention Favourites went to Trevor Davis, Seth Kimmel and Robert Mcintosh. Silver Medals for Workmanship went to Paul Hart and Chris Pederson, and Mario Lamarre, while Gregory Smith and Christopher Savino received Silver Medals for Tone. Evan Davenport and Guy Cole received Certificates for Workmanship, while Frederick Boissonnault and Ed Fedewa received Certificates for Tone.

The ISB Double Bass Competition is held every two years, with divisions for solo, jazz and orchestral bassists aged between 19 and 30, and two divisions for younger bassists. The ISB Makers Competition is also held every two years, where new instruments from around the world are evaluated in terms of workmanship and tone.

Photo: Julianna Emanski