Jadran Duncumb is of English and Croatian origins, although from the age of nine he grew up near Oslo in Norway.
He made his mind up to study music when he won the String Category and thus reached the final of the “BBC Young Musician of the Year”.
Jadran began to explore baroque music during his studies at the Royal College of Music (where he studied guitar under Gary Ryan and lute under Jakob Lindberg) in London and has since been very active as a continuo player performing with various European ensembles as well as being in demand as a soloist specialising mainly in repertoire for the baroque lute and baroque guitar. He has given chamber concerts with musicians such as Amandine Beyer, Rolf Lislevand, Mario Brunello and Giuliano Carmignola – playing with the latter two as part of a trio at the Italian festival ‘Suoni delle Dolomiti’ in 2016. With his pianist brother Emil Duncumb, he has explored programmes of pieces for their combination of piano and guitar on both period and modern instruments.
He frequently performs with violinist Johannes Pramsohler, touring with programmes of music for baroque lute and violin by Bach and Weiss and their contemporaries. Their CD of duos and solos by J. S. Bach and Sylvius Weiss came out in October 2017 to wonderful reviews.
His duo, with the violinist Kinga Ujszàszi, “Repicco” was selected to join the Creative Europe’s “EEEmerging Artists Programme” giving concerts and classes in Romania, Latvia, Italy and at the Ambronay Festival – where they were also awarded the audience prize for their concert. They have subsequently been invited to give several concerts throughout Europe in the coming concert seasons, and to serve as mentors in the 2017 Ambronay Baroque Academy. Their debut recording ‘Assissini, assassinati’ came on Ambronay Editions in Autumn 2017 also to excellent critics.
He was awarded the 1st prize at the international “Maurizio Pratola” lute competition in L’Aquila, Italy (Paul O’Dette, jury foreman), as well as receiving a distinction for his Master-recitals in lute and late ‘basso continuo’ at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany where he studied under Rolf Lislevand.
He regularly gives solo recitals and is asked to give masterclasses, specialising mainly on the baroque lute and baroque guitar. His first full solo-CD will come out in March 2018 on Audax records.
When Jadran is not practising, tuning and performing on plucked instruments, he likes to play the viola da gamba with varying degrees of success, and football, with no success at all*.
* apart from in the internal Trossingen Hochshule für Musik Indoor Football Tournament 2013