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 as a guitar player and thus reached the final of the “BBC Young Musician of the Year.” He went to London to study at the Royal College of Music under Gary Ryan, but the riches of the theorbo's chamber music repertoire and the freedom of continuo-playing quickly turned his head. Before long he was spending far too much time reading music with colleagues in the vibrant historical performance department and taking lute lessons with Jakob Lindberg, and far too little time practising the guitar.
After graduating with a Bachelor in classical guitar, he left the big city for the Black Forest and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen with Prof. Rolf Lislevand, accompanied only by a theorbo, a baroque lute and a huge London-induced student loan. Thankfully, the school was great, the professor inspiring and his decision to leave London therefore, very good. Not only that, but he accomplished his only football achievement of note being a passenger of the winning team at the Trossingen Music Academy Indoor Football Tournament of 2013.
He graduated from the Masters in lute and baroque guitar with distinction in 2015, but stayed on to also graduate with distinction from a Masters in basso continuo. In 2015 he also won the 1st prize at the “Maurizio Pratola” lute competition in L’Aquila, Italy. Although Jadran still loves the classical guitar, he now focuses on solo repertoire for baroque lute and baroque guitar as well as chamber music.