2020 Research Competition Results

Andrew Kohn (USA), chair of the judges' panel for the 2020 ISB Research Competition, along with fellow judges Fiona Palmer (Ireland), Sonia Ray (Brazil) and Tae Hong Park (USA) announce the winners of the 2020 competition. There were two divisions for Professionals and Students. The biennial competition is open to all researchers.

Entries, submitted anonymously, are previously unpublished papers reflecting a high quality of scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines relevant to the double bass. Topics may be presented from any number of different perspectives or disciplines, such as historical musicology, classical or jazz performance practice, pedagogy, lutherie, iconography, biography and/or analysis, and may deal with subjects stemming from any period in the instrument's history up to the present.

The grand prize is $500 for each division, publication in the ISB's Online Journal of Bass Research, and an invitation to present the winning research papers at the 2021 ISB Virtual Convention, to be held June 7-12.

The winners of the 2020 ISB Research Competition are:

Frances Levenderis

Professional Category

Grand Prize: Musculoskeletal Symptoms of Double Bassists: A Literature Synthesis by Frances Levenderis, Cape Town, South Africa, and Dr. Bridget Rennie-Salonen, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Frances Levenderis completed her bachelor's degree in music at the University of Pretoria in 2018 and a bachelor's degree in music at Stellenbosch University in 2020. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in music at the University of Stellenbosch. Frances has participated in masterclasses given by Uxia Martinez Botana, Jeff Bradetich, Nick Scales, and Gudrun Raschen. She travelled to Germany with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra in 2018, and has performed with a number of orchestras in South Africa, including the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival Symphony Orchestra (principal 2019), Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, University of Pretoria Symphony Orchestra, Rand Symphony Orchestra, South African National Youth Orchestra, and Cape Festival Orchestra.

Renaud Boucher-Browning

Student Category

Grand Prize: Sperger's Cadenzas for His Contrabass Concertos by Renaud Boucher-Browning, Boise, Idaho

Renaud Boucher-Browning is pursuing doctoral studies in double bass Performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music with Ali Yazdanfar, principal bass of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Renaud holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Paul Ellison, as well as diplomas in performance and teaching from bass soloist François Rabbath in Paris. During a summer studying in London, Renaud observed bass pedagogue Caroline Emery teach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Renaud's participation in the Festival Domaine Forget and the Orford Music Academy in Québec has shaped his ergonomic technique and his experiential approach to teaching music. Renaud received an honorary mention in the student category of the 2018 ISB Research Competition.

Guidelines to enter the 2021 ISB Double Bass Competition, including the new Age 15-18 Jazz Division!