The International Society of Bassists is proud to announce that the eleven semi-finalists for the age 15-18 division of the 2017 ISB Double Bass Competition are, in alphabetical order:

  • Nicholas Arredondo, United States

  • Ya-Hsuan Chen, Taiwan

  • Junbin Hwang, Korea

  • Tuncay Iptes, Turkey

  • Xuanchi Li, China

  • Jiajun Liu, China

  • Leopold Rucker, Germany

  • Ella Sharpe, United States

  • William Swett, United States

  • Ching-Ju Yu, Taiwan

  • Manyi Zhang, China

Ketan Curtis, United Kingdom, is first alternate, and Diego Garza-Romero, United States is second alternate.

The judges panel for the 2017 Age 15-18 Division of the ISB Double Bass Competition is:

  • Leon Bosch, Chair, United Kingdom, South Africa
  • Rachel Calin, USA
  • Tobias Glöckler, Germany
  • Caroline Emery, United Kingdom
  • Robert Nairn, USA, Australia
  • Gabriele Ragghianti, Italy

With so many talented entrants it is always difficult to narrow the field to only a few. We are continually inspired by each and every one of you – your talent, your hard work, and your belief in the value of the ISB’s competition through your entry.