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Jan Vogler, Violoncello

Season 2013/14 - Not to be altered without permission.
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“Mr. Vogler’s soulful, richly hued playing highlighted the piece’s melancholy traits, with the plaintive solo cello line embodying the voice of the biblical King Solomon.” (New York Times)

“... and he does, bringing a wealth of varied articulations, phrasings, and tone colors to the task.” (The New Yorker review of Bach Cello Suites recording)
“In the expansive, marvelously pensive slow movement, he entranced the ear with long-held notes that began with a lack of vibrato that implied emotional nakedness, but sweetened in the final nanosecond with a bit of pulsing - just as your ears insisted on it.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Recognized for his “playing of articulate brilliance” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has featured him with renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Fabio Luisi, David Robertson and Manfred Honeck and internationally acclaimed orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra,  the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony. A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld and with violinist Mira Wang.

With a strong classical foundation, Jan Vogler embraces the work of his contemporaries and welcomes the process of experimentation, expansion and refinement in his performance style. A dedicated champion of contemporary music, he regularly premieres new works. Recent performance include compositions by renowned composers Tigran Mansurian (WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov), John Harbison (with Mira Wang, the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Udo Zimmermann (Bavarian Radio Orchestra).

The 2013-2014 season features performances of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major, Op. 101 with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra conducted by Nikolaj Znaider, Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, performances of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo-Variations’ with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pietari Inkinen and Manfred Honeck, Strauss’s Don Quixote with the Copenhagen Philharmonic and Lan Shui, Elliott Carter‘s Cello Concerto and Udo Zimmermann: Cello Concerto: „Lieder von einer Insel“ with the MDR Sympony Orchestra and Kristjan Jarvi, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Vienna’s Musikverein Akademie and later in the season with the New York based orchestra ‘The Knights’. Recitals will take him to Bonn’s Beethoven Festival with Hélène Grimaud and to Würzburg, Munich, Dresden and Taichung, Taiwan for Bach’s Cello Suites.


Recent seasons have featured performances of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at MDR Musiksommer and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a return to the New York Philharmonic for performances of Bloch’s Schelomo (Hebrew Rapsody) conducted by Alan Gilbert both in New York and on tour, Brahms’s Double Concerto with violinist James Ehnes and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano, Mansurian’s Cello Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic, Schnittke’s Concerto No. 1 for Cello and Orchestra with the Bavarian State Orchestra, Strauss’s  Don Quixote with the  Deutsches Sinfonieorchester and Kent Nagano. Strauss’ Don Quixote, Op. 35 with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fabio Luisi, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, and with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Honegger’s Cello Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and recitals in Paris, Brussels and New York with Hélène Grimaud and with pianist Martin Stadtfeld in Bonn.


A prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, Jan records exclusively for SONY Classical. New releases include the Schumann album “Dichterliebe” with Hélène Grimaud, and his critically acclaimed and award-winning recording of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello (2012).
“My Tunes 2”, a companion to his acclaimed 2007 release “My Tunes,” continues Jan’s exploration of his favourite cello pieces and features works by Paganini, Kreisler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Fauré and Wagner. Other recent recordings include J.S. Bach’s Gambensonaten with pianist Martin Stadtfeld and two CDs with The Knights and Eric Jacobsen: “New Worlds” on which Jan performs Dvořák’s Silent Woods (March 2010) and “Experience: Live from New York” (June 2009), which includes Shostakovich’s famous Cello Concerto No. 1, and Machine Gun, by Jimi Hendrix in a special arrangement for cello and orchestra. This live CD was recorded at Le Poisson Rouge, more famously known as the Village Gate, home to many Hendrix concerts.
Jan’s other releases for SONY Classical include the multiple award-winning “The Secrets of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto” with the New York Philharmonic conducted by David Robertson, “Concerti Brillanti” featuring 18th- Century concertos, and “TANGO!” with the Moritzburg Festival Artists that spotlights the music of Astor Piazzolla.
He has recorded a series of CD’s with the Moritzburg Festival artists including the award-winning Mozart Divertimento E flat major K 563, Suite of "Le Nozze di Figaro"  (ECHO Klassik 2006) and a live recording of concertos by E. Carter and U. Zimmermann with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra (NEOS), the Cello Concerti by Barber, Korngold, Bürger (Berlin Classics), Schumann and Fauré Piano Quintets (Sony Classical) with James Ehnes, Mira Wang, Naoko Shimizu and Louis Lortie and Mendelssohn's Cello Sonatas (Berlin Classics) also with Louis Lortie.

In 2011 Jan Vogler received the Erich Kästner Prize by the Dresden Press Club. This prestigious award is given annually to a person in the field of politics, business and/or culture who has made an outstanding contribution to further the ideals of tolerance, humanity and international understanding. He has also received the European Cultural Prize 2006 for his contribution to the cultural community of Germany. Jan’s recordings have won the Echo Klassik Award, the Pizzicato Supersonic Award (2011, 2008, 2006, 2013), Le Diapason d’Or, and the “Choc” de la Monde de la Musique.

A cello prodigé at age 6, Jan first studied with his father Peter Vogler and subsequently with Josef Schwab in Berlin, Heinrich Schiff and Siegfried Palm. At the age of 20 he won the principal cello position of the Staatskapelle Dresden and became the youngest concertmaster in the history of this orchestra. However, his dream of a solo career gradually became reality and he left his position in Dresden in 1997. That same year, certain that the roots of old European music-making were to be found in America, he moved to New York, where he has remained sharing his home with his wife, violinist Mira Wang and their two children.

The modern representative of the German cello tradition which goes back to Emanuel Feuermann and Julius Klengel, Jan shares his time between Dresden, Germany and New York City, combining the roots of his traditional musical education with a contemporary style of interpretation.

Jan Vogler is the General Director of the Dresden Musikfestspiele and founder and Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival.

Jan Vogler plays the 1707-1710 Stradivarius 'Ex Castelbarco/Fau' cello and 1721 Domenico Montagnana cello ‘Ex-Hekking’.