Manuela Schwesig
Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Dear participants,
 
It is a great pleasure for me to assume patronage of the world's largest international competition for solo double bass.
 
I am delighted that in 2020 the spotlight will once again be on this very special instrument, though this time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, online.
At the "International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020", which was developed as an alternative to the International J.M. Sperger Competition, the many talents once again captivate both audience and jury. Thus, the event spans an arc between Sperger's Classical period and the present day.
This international competition is, despite the prevailing situation, a stepping stone for double bassists who are looking to gain entry into the artistic working world and achieve recognition. It enjoys an outstanding reputation and represents a large network for all those who will enrich the musical landscape of solo and concert bassists in the future.
 
In the final week from 28 July to 2 August, citizens of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will also be actively voting online for the audience awards.
 
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the participants from all over the world and thank all those who are involved in this melodious event. Together we are already looking forward to the International J.M. Sperger Competition in Rostock in the spring of 2022.
 
Warmest regards,

Thomas Hengelbrock
Founder and Director of the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensembles
Chef associé of the Orchestre de Paris

Fotocredit: © NDR / Florence Grandidier

I am very pleased to continue as patron of the International J.M. Sperger Competition!
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Sperger Competition team has created the International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020.
The creative idea of such a „double bass olympiad” over a period of seven weeks is a wonderful initiative to strengthen musical bonds, even under the current circumstances, and to further enhance the internationality of the event.

I extend my very best wishes to all participants from all parts of the world and wish the online audience a boundless musical enjoyment!
I would also like to wish all those involved a successful preparation and realization of the International J.M. Sperger Competition for Double Bass 2022.

Sincerely

Christine Hoock
Artistic director

all you need is bass... !
 
Dear double bassists, dear bass-loving guests,
 
The International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020 is an event where the many double bass talents captivate the audience and jury with their musical prowess, creativity and diversity. We have developed the format of the Challenge as a " Corona alternative" to the International J.M. Sperger Competition.
 
It is a great pleasure and honour for me to have our patrons Thomas Hengelbrock, director of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Manuela Schwesig, Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, accompany the International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020.
 
The external circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to "stay on the net" on the one hand, but on the other hand they contribute to opening our musical doors wide. This can be seen in the spectrum of the Challenge's programmatic possibilities or in the fact that 38 distinguished jurors are working gratuitously and well over a hundred double bassists from all over the world are participating.
With our Challenge, we also offer double bass players an international online platform to deepen their musical understanding and establish new contacts. I am happy that the Challenge is generating many new ideas!
An international audience award will be presented in the final week from 28 July to 2 August. Join in and take part!
 
My thanks go to my tireless and very flexible team and especially to the 38 jurors with a total of five jury chairs from five continents. The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, NDR Kultur Hamburg, NDR Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ehrenamtsstiftung-MV, Deutsche Orchestervereinigung, private sponsors and specialist music companies support our wonderful project as reliable partners despite the current difficult situation. My sincere thanks for staying with us!
 
The International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020 is carried out by the team of the International J.M. Sperger Society.
We are already looking forward to the International J.M. Sperger Competition in spring 2022 in Rostock. The programme will be published in May 2021.
 
I wish all our participants inspiration, motivation and good luck for the International Double Bass Quarantine Challenge 2020.
 
And... stay healthy and positive!

Warmly,

Gary Karr

It is indeed a great pleasure and honor to greet the international team and participants of the J.M. Sperger Competition for Double Bass 2018. It is an immense thrill for me knowing that there are so many outstanding talents playing the solo double bass. I am forever grateful to the J.M. Sperger Competition for their continued contributions to bringing attention to our impressive repertoire and for demonstrating to the musical public the extraordinary expressive and technical range of our majestic instrument.
I extend to all those lucky people attending the Sperger Competition my very ‘bassed’ wishes. I think of you as my family and I love you all,

Gary Karr

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Patron 2006 - 2010

Fotocredit: © Monika Höfler

I feel greatly honoured to spiritually accompany the International Johann-Matthias Sperger Competition once again. It is with great joy that I have observed music making at the very highest level at this event, ever since its first edition in 2000. Equally important to me are the many opportunities which this unique competition offers to all the young double bassists from around the world. Take for example Roman Patkoló, the winner of the first edition, who with his success laid the foundations of his international fame. Since then he has been expanding the double bass concert repertoire with new works dedicated to him. And the remarkable recording project "Gassenhauer - Gassenbauer" by Dominik Wagner, on which this young star bassist impressively demonstrates the bridge building function of music and makes intercultural communication audible. I wish all the double bassists much joy in their music making, as well as a considerably larger presence in our concert halls!

Warmest regards,

„Internationale J.M. Sperger Society e. V.“
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