It is with great pleasure that I have taken over the patronage of the International J.M. Sperger Competition. The establishment of this "Double Bass Olympiad" at the Rostock University of Music and Drama signifies a successful combination of the musical past of Viennese Classicism with today's future-oriented musical landscape. The young talents who compete here form the basis and breeding ground for the future landscape of double bass playing. In thrilling eliminative rounds and exceptional concerts, approximately fifty young double bassists from around the globe will contend with each other, leaving audiences enthralled. They will move on to international concert podiums as the musical ambassadors of tomorrow. I wish the best of luck to all participants from near and far, and to the audience, an infinitely enjoyable musical experience in this magnificent, historical ambience.
Christine Hoock Artistic director
Dear double bass players, dear music-loving guests, the International J.M. Sperger Competition for Double Bass will take place from 26 July to 2 August 2020 in the premises of the Rostock University of Music and Theatre and in the Baroque Hall of the Hanseatic and university city. It is a great pleasure and honour for me to welcome the director of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble Thomas Hengelbrock and the Minister-President of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Manuela Schwesig as patrons of our event. My special thanks go to the Ministry of Education of the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the NDR Kultur Hamburg, the NDR Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Oscar and Vera Ritter Foundation Hamburg, the OstseeSparkasse Rostock, the German Orchestra Association, the many private sponsors as well as the international music companies, who once again support our wonderful project as reliable partners. We offer young double bass players from all over the world the opportunity to compete at the highest international level, deepen their musical understanding and forge new connections. With our event we honour the legacy of the great double bassist and composer Johannes Sperger. Our event is presented by the International J.M. Sperger Society in cooperation with the University of Music and Theatre in Rostock. I wish all participants a good preparation, inspiration and motivation as well as fair play at the competition!
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,
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!