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Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler cello

“The Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello can be a knotty, ungrateful challenge for even the best performers, but it came off very well here as played by concertmaster Robert Chen and the young German cellist Jan Vogler, who scored an impressive CSO debut. The soloists were just different enough in style to lend a certain extra frisson to their reading -- Chen elegant and patrician, Vogler gutsy, athletic and youthfully assertive.” - Chicago Tribune

“Vogler's bright, forthright tone and highly inflected manner acted like a much-needed beacon in the piece. 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 “rapturously heartfelt” playing (Washington Post) Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has featured him with many internationally renowned orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle,, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, and the Vienna Symphony. A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, he performs regularly with pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadfeld 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 new music, he has recently premiered works by renowned composers Tigran Mansurian with the WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov at the Cologne Triennale, John Harbison, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Udo Zimmermann with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.


Following summer performances at the Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival, the 2011/12 season features appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel, the Czech Philharmonic, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony with Robert Spano. Jan will also perform at the Dvořák Festival in Praque, at the Cité de la Musique and the Salle Pleyel in Paris, and on tour in Germany with the New York-based orchestra The Knights.


A prolific and multi-award-winning recording artist, Jan currently records exclusively for SONY Classical. In July 2011, he released a new all-Schubert recording with the Moritzburg Festival on the SONY label featuring the Piano Quintet in A Major (The Trout) as well as five different versions of the very popular song “Die Forelle” (The Trout), Op.32 (D.550). Each of the five artists on the recording was asked to create an individual approach to the song, expressing the music in a highly personal way. Later this year, Jan will release a recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites.

“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, a selection of his waltzes arranged for cello and orchestra, 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, “My Tunes” – a selection of short favourites for cello and orchestra, “Concerti Brillanti” featuring 18th- Century concertos, and “TANGO!” with the Moritzburg Festival Artists that spotlights the music of Astor Piazzolla.

His extensive discography also features 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. He has also recorded the Haydn cello concertos (with Virtuosi Saxoniae, directed by L. Güttler), the Schumann and Widmann cello concertos (with Munich Chamber Orchestra, Christoph Poppen) and the concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns (with Hannover Radio Orchestra), the complete works by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms with pianist Bruno Canino and the cello sonatas by Weill, Shostakovich and de Falla. As well, he has released a disc of duos with violinist Mira Wang featuring works by Ravel, Eisler and Kodály and a recording of Bach and Reger’s Solo Cello Suites.


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. He has won the ‘Echo-Award (German equivalent of the Grammies) and the 2006 European Cultural Award.

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 new 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’.

August 2011

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