Star cellist on a solo path at the intersection of classical, jazz and new music. In his luggage is an arrangement of the legendary "Machine Gun" by Jimi Hendrix.
Jan Vogler (Violoncello)
Ever since he dedicated himself to his instrument, Jan Vogler has been constantly working on expanding the color spectrum of his cello sound and refining his musical language in constant dialogue with renowned contemporary composers and performers - with passion and always with the necessary degree of risk. The New York Times admired Jan Vogler's "lyrical flair", Gramophone Magazine praised his "dizzying virtuosity" and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung attested to his ability to "let his cello speak like a singing voice". Jan Vogler is artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival near Dresden and has also been artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival since October 2008. In February 2010, he accompanied former German President Horst Köhler on his state visit to Korea as Germany's cultural ambassador. In 2006 he received the European Culture Prize and in 2011 the Erich Kästner Prize for Tolerance, Humanity and International Understanding.
In the 2011/12 season, Jan Vogler will appear with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Oslo Philharmonic and Fabio Luisi, the Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel as well as the Czech Philharmonic, the Vancouver and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano. He will also be performing at the Dvořák Festival in Prague and at the Cité de la Musique in Paris and will be touring Germany again with the New York orchestra The Knights.
Jan Vogler, who now lives in Dresden and New York with his wife and two daughters, began his career as first concertmaster cello in the Staatskapelle Dresden at the age of 20. He gave up this position in 1997 to concentrate fully on his successful career as a soloist. Among the highlights of his career are certainly his performances with the New York Philharmonic, both in New York and as part of the reopening of the Dresden Frauenkirche in November 2005 under Lorin Maazel, where he gave the world premiere of the Berceuse for Dresden by the English composer Colin Matthews.
In addition to the well-known works for cello, Jan Vogler's orchestral repertoire also includes such unusual pieces as the cello concerto "Dunkle Saiten" by the composer Jörg Widmann, which is dedicated to Jan Vogler, as well as concertos by Barber, Graf, Hasse, Bürger and the highly virtuoso concerto by Michael Haydn, which are also rarely heard. In 2010, Neos released his recording of the cello concertos by Elliott Carter and Udo Zimmermann (world premiere) with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi.
Jan Vogler's successful recording career with Sony Classical began in 2003 with a recording of Richard Strauss' Don Quixote and the Romance with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Fabio Luisi. Award-winning fruits of this cooperation include the recording of Dvořák's Cello Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under David Robertson and two Mozart recordings with artists from the Moritzburg Festival (ECHO Klassik "Chamber Music Recording of the Year" 2006). The recordings of the cello concertos by Samuel Barber and Erich Wolfgang Korngold released by Berlin Classics as well as the recording of the cello concertos by Robert Schumann and Jörg Widmann (ECHO Klassik "Best Instrumentalist" 2002) also deserve mention.
Jan Vogler recorded short character pieces for his CD "My Tunes" (2007), and in the same year "Concerti Brillanti", his recording of early classical cello concertos with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Reinhard Goebel, was released. This was followed by "Tango!", with tango compositions for various instrumentations, recorded with artists from the Moritzburg Festival. In 2009, Sony released the CD "Experience", recorded with the New York orchestra The Knights, with works by Shostakovich (Cello Concerto No. 1 and others) and Jimi Hendrix. Bach Sonatas with Martin Stadtfeld was released in the fall of 2009 and the second CD with the Knights in January 2010, on which Jan Vogler can be heard playing Dvořák's Waldesruh. In continuation of the first CD, "My Tunes 2" was released in June 2010. In spring 2011, Vogler was in the studio for Sony both solo with Bach's cello suites and with colleagues from the Moritzburg Festival and Schubert's Trout Quintet (July 2011).
Jan Vogler plays a Stradivari cello from 1707 and the Domenico Montagnana 'Ex-Hekking' from 1721.
To the website of Jan Vogler