lutenist and guitarist
Diapason d'Or for Bach - Works for lute
Diapason Découverte for Forqueray Unchained!
12.06 Wunderkammer Trieste
Bach solo lute recital
21.06 Potsdam Festspiele Alte Musik
600' with Lina Tur Bonet and Marco Testori
24.06 Potsdam Festspiele Alte Musik
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 is a memeber of Barokkanerne and Oslo Circles.
He has given chamber concerts with musicians such as Amandine Beyer, Rolf Lislevand, Mario Brunello and regularly plays with Lina Tur Bonet and Musica Alchemica, and Giuliano Carmignola in the programmes 'Carmignola and Friends'. 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, while his collaborations over many years with the violist André Lislevand lead to the album 'Forqueray Unchained' (together with the harpsichordist Paola Erdas) on Arcana in 2021 - winning a Diapason Dècouverte in May 2021.
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 were subsequently 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 out on Editions Ambronay in Autumn 2017 (5 Diapasons)
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 on Audax Records.
In 2015, he was awarded the 1st prize at the international "Maurizio Pratola" lute competition in L'Aquila, Italy, as well as receiving a distinction for his Master-recital in lute and early plucked instruments. A year later he also received another distiction in basso continuo, always at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany where he studied under Rolf Lislevand.
Since then, he regularly gives solo recitals and is asked to give masterclasses, specialising mainly on the baroque lute and baroque guitar. He has recorded two solo albums for Audax Records, Weiss & Hasse - Lute Sonatas (2018 -Audax Records) and Bach - Works for lute (2021) (Diapason D'Or May 2021). His first experience as a musical director will come in November 2021 in a concert of arias with Rachel Redmond, chamber music, and concertos with lute with Barokkanerne in May 2021.
Future projects include a recording and tour 'A ma guitare' (Alpha) with the soprano Giulia Semenzato of music by Sor, Rossini and Giuliani and volume two of Bach's 'Lute Works' with Audax.
When Jadran is not practising, tuning and performing on plucked instruments - which is less and less in these times - he likes to play basketball with his brother, Emil, rekindling the all-dominating Golden Era the Kolbotn Comets (Under 13s).
DIAPASON D'OR “The result is astounding: these works rarely sounded so good. [...] What a sense of dynamics, what a variety of articulations! The reading of Duncumb seems guided by a consummate art of rhetoric which gives full scope to the counterpoint. [...] The performer invites us to rediscover the possibilities of the baroque lute. Fascinating.” Wissam Feuillet DIAPASON Bach - Works for lute
“Jadran Duncumb presents these pieces with clean but deep and singing tone, faultless balancing of voices, sound architectural sense and delicate but nicely judged dynamic shading. This is his first solo disc and already I'm looking forward to the second.” GRAMOPHONE Weiss & Hasse
.The recorded sound, where almost every breath is heard gives the impression that one is completely alone in the room with the musicians. With Kinga Ujszaszi's wonerfully flexible violin playing, and Jadran Duncumb's unbelievably imaginative theorbo playing - his instrument at times radiating ethereally, at times raspingly marking the basses: with this wealth of plucking and 'beating' techniques techniques, one at no point misses a harpsichord or cello, and can simply enjoy their togetherness!" - Doris Blaich, SWR2 Assassini, Assassinati
5 Diapasons, "La violiniste assume les exigences de virtuosité, pourtant paroxytiques, de ces compositions éminemment 'baroques', tout en contrastes, surprises et hardiesses d'ecriture. Le théorbiste, qui construit donc son continuo sans l'appoint d'une basse d'archet, fait preuve d'une présence, d'une réactivité dynamique, d'une vitalité rythmique et d'une invention contrapuntique au-dessus de tout éloge. [...] Longue vie a Repicco!" - Denis Morrier, DIAPASON
“Jadran Duncumb is living proof that you don't have to be a Spaniard to play Spanish guitar music convincingly. Is he the next Julian Bream I wonder?”
Concerto d'Aranjuez with London Mozart Players