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Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler

Ever since choosing to devote his career to the cello, Jan Vogler has been constantly working, with passion and the required willingness to take risks, on expanding the spectrum of his cello sound and refining his musical language in an ongoing dialogue with renowned contemporary composers and performers. The New York Times admires Jan Vogler’s »lyrical intuition«, the Gramophone Magazine praises his »spiralling virtuosity« and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recognised his talent for being able to “let his cello speak like a singing voice”. Jan Vogler has been artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden since 2001, and director of the Dresden Music Festival since October 2008. In 2006, Jan Vogler received the European Award for Culture and in 2011 the Erich-Kästner Award for tolerance, humanity and international understanding. For his most successful recording of Bach’s six Suites for cello solo he was awarded the ECHO Klassik 2014 award in the category »Instrumentalist of the Year (cello)«.

Season 2014/15 sees him perform with the Cologne and Hamburg Radio Symphony Orchestras, Staatskapelle Halle and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, among others. He will go on tour with the La Folia Barockorchester, presenting their joint Sony CD project Concerti di Venezia: early classical Venetian cello concerti, which will be released in October 2014. Furthermore he will play recitals with his long-term chamber music partners, pianists Hélène Grimaud and Martin Stadtfeld. In season 2013/14 Jan Vogler collaborated with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg, Taiwan and Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. In various concerts he presented Bach’s solo Suites, published on Sony in 2013.

Jan Vogler, who lives in Dresden and New York together with his wife and two daughters, started his career as principal cellist of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden aged only 20 but left the position in 1997 in order to concentrate fully on his budding career as a soloist. Highlights of his career to date include his performances with the New York Philharmonic, one of them with Lorin Maazel during the reopening festivities of the Dresden Frauenkirche in 2005. He performed with the Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Mariinsky Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, and The Knights.

Alongside the standard pieces, Jan Vogler’s orchestra repertoire includes exceptional works such as the cello concerto Dunkle Saiten by Jörg Widmann or Tigran Mansurian’s Ubi est Abel frater tuus? which are both dedicated to him, and the cello concertos by Samuel Barber, Graf, Hasse, Bürger, and Michael Haydn. In 2010, Neos published his recording of Elliott Carter’s and Udo Zimmermann’s cello concerti together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi.

Vogler began his successful collaboration with Sony Classical in 2003/04 with a recording of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Romance with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Fabio Luisi. Other prizewinning discs were The Secrets of Dvořák’s cello concerto with the New York Philharmonic and David Robertson, or musicians of the Moritzburg Festival performing Mozart chamber works (ECHO Klassik 2006). His encore CDs My Tunes I and II were released on Sony Classical in 2007 and 2010, and Concerti Brillanti with cello concertos by Hasse, Graf, Michael Haydn (world premiere recordings), and C.P.E. Bach, recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Reinhard Goebel, in 2007. His »Tango!«-CD followed in 2008.

In 2009 Sony released Vogler’s recording of works by Shostakovich (including the Cello Concerto No. 1) and Jimi Hendrix, recorded with the New York chamber orchestra The Knights, and Bach sonatas with Martin Stadtfeld. Die Forelle - Trout variations, his fifth collaboration with Moritzburg Festival artists, was published in 2011. His fruitful recordings for Berlin Classics include the cello concertos by Samuel Barber and Erich Wolfgang Korngold as well as the recording of cello concerti by Schumann and Widmann (ECHO Klassik 2002). His most recent Sony CDs include Bach’s solo suites from spring 2013 (ECHO Klassik 2014), and a Schumann chamber music disc, »Dichterliebe«, with Hélène Grimaud and others.

Jan Vogler plays the »Castelbarco-Fau« Stradivari cello from 1707.