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Jan Čižmář - lute, theorbo, guitar

Codex Jacobides - NEW CD

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Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with baroque and renaissance repertoire. After graduation in guitar and musicology in his native Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar. He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music. Jan Čižmář is teaching lute and related instruments at MUK Wien, the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland and at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno; he has also taught at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

Biography here


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Documentary about Jan Čižmář
Released on: 26.2.2012
Director: Pavel Jirásek | Production: Czech TV
Venues: Veveří castle, CZ | Minoriten monastery, Brno, CZ

H.I.F.Biber: Passacaglia

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H.I.F.Biber (1644-1704): Passacaglia c-moll
"Passagaglia de Mons. Biber" (A-KR ms. L 83) (arr. from VI.suite for violin and b.c.)
Date of recording: 2.12.2011
Camera and Production: Kolektif
Venue: Velkopřevorský palác, Praha

Saint Amour

CD was ecorded in the library of Grüssau (Krzeszów) monastery - the very place where the lute manuscripts were stored for centuries - and probably also originated!
Music exclusively from the collection!
ensemble Plaisirs de Musique:
Jan Čižmář - baroque lute, baroque guitar
Marta Kratochvílová - traverso
Martyna Pastuszka - baroque violin
Julia Karpeta - viola da gamba
Grzegorz Joachimiak - musicologist, production
available for sale - 15 EUR via this website.

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