Jiří Hudec

Instrument
double-bass

In Czech Philharmonic
since June 1977

Also plays in
Duo di Basso
Virtuosi di Basso
Czech Philharmonic Octet


After finishing the Brno Conservatory, he later graduated from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Jiří Bortlíček’s class in 1977. He participated in a number of international competitions and won the 2nd prize in Markneukirchen (Germany) and the 1st prize in the Isle of Man Double Bass Competition 1978. One year later, he was awarded the 3rd prize at the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich.

In 1978, he had a solo recital in the Wigmore Hall in London and premiered Richard Rodney Bennett’s concerto for double bass with the English Chamber Orchestra in the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London. He was the principal double bass player in the Czech Philharmonic from 1990 to 2018.

He recorded a number of both solo and chamber albums for the Czech Radio, ARD, as well as gramophone recording companies including Bonton, Pony Canyon, Bayer, Praga and Artesmon. In 1999, he played Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto in B minor as a soloist during the Prague Spring festival. In 2011, he appeared alongside Michinori Bunya and Nabil Shehata at the Seoul Music Festival in an orchestra of 90 double basses.

He regularly collaborates with many top musicians and ensembles, including the Stamic, Pražák, Kocian and Škampa quartets. He recorded the complete Church Sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with violinist Bohuslav Matoušek, Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante with Josef Suk and Virtuosi di Praga and the Music for Double Bass and String Quartet by Oldřich Flosman with the Stamic Quartet.

He has been teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague since 1980 and was appointed professor in 2007. Since 2001, he has also been teaching at the prestigious Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is regularly invited to sit in double bass competition juries (Brno, Czech Republic, Ankara in 2015, ARD Munich in 2016) and takes part in interpretation courses as both a teacher and soloist – Toyama, Memanbetsu (Japan), Detmold, Dresden (Germany), Beijing, Royal Academy of Music London, Glasgow (UK) and regularly the Summer Academy Semmering (Austria).