Jadran Duncumb is an English/Croatian/Norwegian guitarist and lutenist. He was the first guitarist in twenty years to be accepted into the Barratt-Due Music Institute in Oslo, where he spent seven years learning the guitar under Vegard Lund. In 2008, he was a finalist on the guitar of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and NRK’s Norwegian equivalent, and the success in these competitions gave Jadran the oportunity to give recitals all over Europe, appear as a soloist with orchestras including the Norwegian State Radio Orchestra, London Mozart Players and BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as have a BBC Radio-recorded recital at Wigmore Hall.
Since winning the Norwegian National Youth Competition twice in 2005 and 2006 with his pianist brother Emil, they have regularly played together in programmes of lesser-known pieces for their combination as well as more mainstream solo repertoire, as well as concerts on period instruments of music from early 19th century Vienna.
Jadran began playing the theorbo during his studies at the Royal College of Music (where he studied lute under Jakob Lindberg) in London and has since been very active as a continuo player in small chamber ensembles as well as in orchestras and opera pits, and has performed with leading ensembles including the English Baroque Sloloists at the BBC Proms, I Fagiolini, Ensemble Diderot and the International Baroque Players as well as being a member of the Emsemble Amaranthos and regularly playing for the English Touring Opera.
His duo with the violinist Kinga Ujszàszi, "Repicco", was selected in the Ambronay Festival's "Eeemerging Artists Programme" giving concerts and and classes in Romania, Latvia, Italy and at the Ambronay Festival where they were awarded the Eeemerging audience prize for their Assassini, Assassinati programme. They have subsequently been invited to give several concerts throughout Europe in the coming concert seasons.
He also frequently concertises with violinist Johannes Pramsohler, touring with programmes of music for baroque lute and violin by Bach and Weiss and their contemporaries. With Ensemble Diderot - Johannes' ensemble - they recently made the first recording of Antonio Montanari's violin concertos for Audax Records (available in June 2015), while a CD of music by Bach and Weiss, including their jointly-composed Suite BWV 1025 will be released in 2016 on the same label.
Other regular collaborators include the viola da gamba player André Lislevand, harpsichordist and baritone Iason Marmaras, violinist Maria Ines Zanovello, and the soprano Elizabeth Dobbin and her group "Le Jardin Secret"with whom he has recorded 17th century airs de cour by de Bousset.
In 2015, 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 Degree recital at the Musichochschule in Trossingen, Germany where he studied under Rolf Lislevand.
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
“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?”
Cheltenham Town Hall, London Mozart Players, Musicweb-international.com
“With intuitive understanding, these young Norwegians synchronized perfectly. No matter how delicate or subtle, how exotic or rhythmically exciting, or how swift the changes of expression, these two always played as one - it was impossible to spot the seams.” Recital with Emil Duncumb, Ely, UK, Localsecrets.com
"...His playing was of the highest order" , Concert Hall, RNCM, Classical Guitar Magazine
“When they concluded their performance with Castelnuovo Tedescos Fantasia opus 145 they left behind a resonance which first and foremost demanded deep respect.” Recital with Emil, Olavsfestdagene, Trondheim Adresseavisen,
"Dazzling brotherly harmony" Times of Malta
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