Jan Kolar began studying the cello at age 11. His inspiration to play came from his grandfather, Vaclav
Stoupa, who was the principal cellist and founder of the Prague Chamber Orchestra. During middle
and high school, Jan studied with Ann West and Steven Thomas in his home state of Connecticut. He
later went on to study at Indiana University-Bloomington, Jacobs School of Music, where he earned the
Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and the Master of Music degree and
Performer Diploma, as a student of Janos Starker. While at IU, Jan not only performed as the principal
cellist for one of the school's five orchestras, but also held a graduate assistantship title of Orchestra
Manager, and was employed by the IU Kinesiology department as a martial arts instructor. In 2002, his
study culminated with winning the IU Cello Concerto Competition. Jan's other teachers during college
study have also included Stephen Kates, at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and
Emilio Colon, during summer study while at Indiana.
Presently, Jan is a pilot for American Eagle Airlines. He lives in Brookline with his wife, Sipra, who is
the Associate Director of Admissions at the Boston Conservatory, and who holds a Master of
Music degree in voice from NEC. Jan has followed every boyhood dream, and now is grateful to have
the opportunity to live them simultaneously.