The first few years were fraught with physical difficulties stemming from bad technique. Like many doublebass players, Jan had particular problems with technique and posture which led to early injury. After his second year as an undergraduate Jan quit playing music to try to find another way in life.
Three years on, Jan, depressed, rediscovered his doublebass one day. Having played a simple scale and feeling happiness brimming out of him, he decided to rededicate himself to a life of music. He was offered a full scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for a Master Degree in doublebass performance, at the end of which he moved to Italy, another new passion in his life.
Having lived in Padova Italy for 5 years, during which he played extensively with the chamber group Ensemble Musagete, as well as other small orchestras around Padova and the Civic Wind Band (true!), he and his wife decided to move to London to be closer to theatre culture, which was her passion.