Jan Čižmář - lute, theorbo, guitar

Jan Čižmář - solo


Jan plays various instruments - different types of historical lutes and guitars:

Kapsberger: Toccata prima

6:40 minutes (6.11 MB)

Kapsberger: Toccata Arpeggiata

2:42 minutes (2.47 MB)


Jan Cizmar is versatile performer on plucked instruments, focusing on historical lutes and early guitars. After completing his guitar and musicology studies in his native Brno, Czech Republic, he was at the Royal College of Music in London studying classical guitar and later lute with Jakob Lindberg. Following were his studies with Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, The Netherlands. As well he has taken masterclasses with Hopkinson Smith, Evangelina Mascardi and Yasonuri Immamura. He was awarded a MA degree with special mention for his research work brought into practice. He holds a PhD. degree in the field of early music at the Janáček Academy of Music. >>>

Stage experience

Throughout my career I have been fortunate to be part of several remarkable theatrical productions. Although they are not my main activity, I am grateful for getting to know the many different ways theatre can be made and how music can be part of it. Below I am trying to highlight just a few that have remained a special memory to me.