HonzaJan Schulmeister was born on 5th February 1964 in a Moravian city called Olomouc. He

comes from a family with musical tradition longer than 150 years.

He became a founder member of the Wihan Quartet there in 1985.

In 1988, they won the Prague Spring Festival Competition. In 1990

the Quartet was awarded the First Prize in the Trapani International Chamber Music Competition in Sicily. The victory in 1991, when the Wihan Quartet received both the First Prize and the Audience Prize in the London International String Quartet Competition, is considered as their greatest success. The foreman of the jury in the competition was Lord Yehudi Menuhin. The Wihan Quartet subsequent international career was related to the victory of the last mentioned competition. The Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa, where the Wihan Quartet was awarded the Bronze Medal, became their final competition.

He has recorded more than 40 CDs together with his Wihan companions, where two complete Beethoven Quartets records predominate.

Jan Schulmeister has given a large number of concerts in Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Near East Countries and also in Far East Countries. In addition, his name is also associated with chamber music master courses at the University in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in London.He is visiting pedagog at Trinity College music in London.

In 2006 he and his wife (a pianist Martina Schulmeisterova) recorded a CD with the Bach organ trio sonatas (BWV 525 – 530) in transcription for a violin and a piano by Ferdinand David. This recording was a world premiere.