For more than three decades Jan has been touring the world as a concert cellist. He believes that constantly widening his perspective as a performer, learning new pieces, styles and becoming familiar with new musical genres is key to keeping a fresh approach to performance.


Playing the great cello concertos of the past, including Dvorak, Schumann, Shostakovich concerto No. 1 and 2, Bloch’s Schelomo and Strauss’ ‘Don Quichote’, Britten’s Cello Symphony and many others, has brought Jan to perform with orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony, among others, and has built partnerships with conductors like Fabio Luisi, Manfred Honeck, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowksy, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, and many others.

Commissioning and premiering new works for cello and orchestra

One of Jan’s passions is working with contemporary composers to bring new pieces for cello and orchestra to life. Concertos written for Jan include: ‘Lieder von einer Insel ‘ by Udo Zimmermann (premiered 2009, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, conductor Kristjan Järvi), ‘Ubi est Abel frater tuus’ by Tigran Mansurian (premiered 2010, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, conductor Semyon Bychkov), Double concerto by John Harbison (premiered 2010 with violinist Mira Wang, Boston Symphony, conductor Carlos Kalmar), Double concerto Wolfgang Rihm (premiered 2015 with violinist Mira Wang, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall), cello concerto by Dai Fujikura (2018, DSO, Manfred Honeck), ‘Three continents’ by Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig and Zhou Long (2019, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cristian Mãcelaru)

Playing on Gut strings

The interest in performance practice has lead Jan to explore the repertoire of the 18th and 19th century on gut strings. This has led to collaborations with La Folia Barockorchester (playing Venetian cello concertos of the early 18th century), the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton and Constantinos Carydis (performing Schumann cello concerto, Beethoven’s Triple concerto, Brahms Double concerto and Saint-Saëns cello concerto No. 1), the Orchestra of the 18th Century (performing Brahms Double concerto with Thonas Zehetmair) and Wiener Akedemie and Martin Haselböck.

Musical Partners: Grimaud, Stadtfeld – up to Bill Murray and Eric Clapton

Jan Vogler has toured extensively with the French pianist Hélène Grimaud since 2003. The musical friendship has inspired many concerts in different countries, in 2011 the duo recorded Schumann’s Dichterliebe in a version for cello and piano and piano.

In 2019, Jan played a concert with Blues Rock Legend Eric Clapton. The two met after a concert in Edinburgh in 2018 and decided to perform together.


Jan has performed the 6 Suites for cello in America, Europe and Asia. In 2012, he recorded this monumental work for Sony Classical.