“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.”

(The New York Times)

Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has brought him together with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world, such as New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra. His great ability allowed him to explore the sound boundaries of the cello and to establish an intensive dialogue with contemporary composers and artists. This includes regular world premieres, including works by Tigran Mansurian (with WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov), John Harbison (with Mira Wang and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Udo Zimmermann (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Wolfgang Rihm (Double Concerto with Mira Wang), Jörg Widman (Cello Concerto Dunkle Saiten, dedicated to Jan Vogler himself) and Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig and Zhou-Long (Drei Kontinente – Konzert für Cello und Orchester, composed for Jan Vogler). The New York Times praises his “soulful, richly hued playing” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung grants him the ability “to make his cello speak like a singing voice”.

In the 2019/20 season Jan Vogler performs with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski (Britten Symphony for Cello and Orchestra), the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Cristian Măcelaru (Muhly/Helbig/Zhou-Long Drei Kontinente – Konzert für Cello und Orchester), the Orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin under Alondra de la Parra (Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1) and the newly founded Milan Orchestra LaFil – Filarmonica di Milano under Daniele Gatti. With the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and its new Chief Conductor Omer Meir Wellber he will tour England and Germany with the cello concertos by Schnittke (No. 1) and Dvořák. He will give solo concerts at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Bach‘s Suites for cello and play duo recitals at the Teatro Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna.

In addition to his classical concert activities as a soloist, Jan Vogler has collaborated with actor Bill Murray for their joint musical-literary project “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – New Worlds”. The innovative programme drew international attention and brought together works by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster for an unexpected and exciting exploration of the relationship between literature and music.

Highlights of Jan Vogler’s career as a soloist are concerts with the New York Philharmonic – both in New York and Dresden at the occasion of the inauguration of the rebuilt Dresdner Frauenkirche under the direction of Lorin Maazel in 2005–, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Montréal Symphony Orchestras, Mariinsky Orchestra, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic as well as with The Knights. He collaborates with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Sir Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck and Kent Nagano.

Jan Vogler has been working successfully with the Sony Classical label since 2003 and in the course of this cooperation around 20 CDs have been produced so far. His most recent collaboration was with the Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen. The CD Songbook expands the repertoire of the unusual combination violoncello and guitar with pieces by de Falla, Paganini and Piazzolla, among others.

Previous recordings include a recording of double concertos for violin & violoncello by Rihm, Brahms and Harbison, together with violinist Mira Wang, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Peter Oundjian (May 2018), as well as Schumann’s cello concerto together with the Dresden Festival Orchestra and Ivor Bolton (October 2016), Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the Moritzburg Festival Ensemble (March 2016), Concerti di Venezia with La Folia Baroque Orchestra featuring Venetian cello Concertos from the 18thcentury from Vivaldi, Caldara, Porpora e.a.,the Schumann album Dichterliebe with Hélène Grimaud e.a., and his critically acclaimed recording of Bach’s Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. After the success of his CD My Tunes featuring short character pieces, a volume 2 was published. It was followed by an award-winning recording of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the New York Philharmonic under David Robertson (Pizzicato Supersonic Award, Diapason d’Or Janvier, Choc – Le Monde de la Musique Mars).

Jan Vogler has been Director of the renowned Dresden Music Festival since October 2008 as well as Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival since 2001. In 2017 the Moritzburg Festival celebrated its 25thanniversary as one of the most established chamber music festivals internationally.

In 2006, he received the European Award for Culture and in 2011 the Erich-Kästner Award for tolerance, humanity and international understanding. In June 2018 he received the European Award for Culture TAURUS as Director of the Dresden Music Festival.

Jan Vogler plays the Stradivari ‘Ex Castelbarco/Fau’ 1707 cello.

Jan Vogler is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.

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August 2019

Website: www.janvogler.com

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Album highlights

Title: Songbook
Composer: Paganini, Burgmüller, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Mancini, de Falla, Ravel, Gnattali, Satie
Other Artists: Ismo Eskelinen, guitar
Released: 2019
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Double Concertos
Composer: Brahms, Rihm, Harbison
Other Artists: Mira Wang, violin, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian – conductor
Released: 2018
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds
Composer: Gershwin, Bach, Ravel, Mancini, Piazzolla, Bernstein, Text by Whitman, Twain, Hemingway, Cooper
Other Artists: Bill Murray, vocals, Mira Wang, violin, Vanessa Perez, piano
Released: 2017
Label: Decca Gold

Title: Schumann Cello Concerto & Symphony No. 2
Composer: R. Schumann
Other Artists: Dresden Festival Orchestra, Ivon Bolton – conductor
Released: 2016
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Tchaikovsky
Composer: P. Tchaikovsky
Other Artists: Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Moritzburg Festival Ensemble, Andrés Orozco-Estrada – conductor
Released: 2016
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Concerti di Venezia
Composer: Caldara, Marcello, Porpora, Vandini, Vivaldi
Other Artists: La Folia Barockorchester
Released: 2014
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Dichterliebe
Composer: R. Schumann
Other Artists: Moritzburg Festival Ensemble, Hélène Grimaud – piano
Released: 2013
Label: Sony Classical

Title: J. S. Bach; The Cello Suites
Composer: J. S. Bach
Other Artists:
Released: 2013
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Ludwig van Beethoven: Triple Concerto – Symphony No. 5
Composer: L. v. Beethoven
Other Artists: The Knights, Eric Jacobsen, Colin Jacobsen, Antti Siirala
Released: 2013
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Kammermusik für Streicher
Composer: W. A. Mozart
Other Artists: Moritzburg Festival Ensemble
Released: 2012
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Schubert trout variations
Composer: F. Schubert
Other Artists: Moritzburg Festival Ensemble
Released: 2011
Label: Sony Classical

Title: My Tunes 2
Composer: Various
Other Artists: Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Helmut Branny – conductor
Released: 2010
Label: Sony Classical

Title: New Worlds
Composer: Various
Other Artists: The Knights Ensemble, Eric Jacobsen – conductor
Released: 2010
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Joseph Haydn: Cellokonzerte I-III
Composer: J. Haydn
Other Artists: Virtuosi Saxoniae, Ludwig Güttler – conductor
Released: 2010
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Johann Sebastian Bach: Gambensonaten BWV 1027-1029
Composer: J. S. Bach
Other Artists: Martin Stadtfeld – piano
Released: 2009
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York
Composer: D. Shostakovich, J. Hendrix
Other Artists: The Knights Ensemble, Eric Jacobsen – conductor
Released: 2009
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Mendelssohn: Cellosonaten Nr. 1 & 2
Composer: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Other Artists:  Louis Lottie – piano
Released: 2009
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Jan Vogler – The Cellist
Composer: Various
Other Artists:  Münchener Kammerorchester, Louis Lottie, Bruno Canino – piano, Virtuosi Saxoniae Orchestra, Christoph Poppen – conductor
Released: 2009
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Tango!
Composer: A. Piazzolla
Other Artists: Moritzburg Festival Ensemble
Released: 2008
Label: RCA

Title: Camille Saint-Saens: Cellokonzert Nr.1 / La Muse et le Poète
Composer: C. Saint-Saens
Other Artists: Mira Wang – Violine, Radio-Philharmonie Hannover des NDR, Thierry Fischer – conductor
Released: 2008
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Concerti Brillanti
Composer: Various
Other Artists: Münchener Kammerorchester, Reinhard Giebel – conductor
Released: 2007
Label: Sony Classical

Title: My Tunes 1
Composer: Various
Other Artists: Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Helmut Branny – conductor
Released: 2007
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Mozart: Divertimento for string trio
Composer: W. A. Mozart
Other Artists: Moritzburg Festivals Ensemble
Released: 2006
Label: Sony Classical

Title: The Secrets of Dvořák’s cello concerto
Composer: A. Dvořák, S. Collins Foster
Other Artists: Angelika Kirschschlager – Mezzo, Helmut Deutsch – Piano, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, David Robertson – conductor
Released: 2005
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Richard Strauss – Don Quixote
Composer: R. Strauss
Other Artists: Louis Lottie – piano, Staatskapelle Dresden, Fabio Luise – conductor
Released: 2004
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Cello Concertos
Composer: E. W. Korngold, S. Barber, J. Bürger
Other Artists: German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, Thomas Sanderling – conductor
Released: 2004
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Fauré/Schumann – Piano Quintets
Composer: R. Schumann, G. Fauré
Other Artists: Louis Lottie – piano, James Ehnes, Mira Wang – Violine, Naoko Shimizu – Viola
Released: 2003
Label: Sony Classical

Title: Schumann/Widmann Cello Concertos
Composer: R. Schumann, J. Widmann
Other Artists: Münchener Kammerorchester, Christoph Poppen – conductor
Released: 2002
Label: Berlin Classics

Title: Clarinet Trios
Composer: L. v. Beethoven, J. Brahms, J. Widmann
Other Artists: Jörg Widmann – clarinet, Ewa Kupier – piano
Released: 2002
Label: Berlin Classics

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Bloch: Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra | Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 | Singapore Symphony Orchestra

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Oct 2017: “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & friends: New Worlds” #1 On The Classical Charts

Saturday Sessions: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends perform J. S. Bach Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007  & “Blessing the Boats”, CBS This Morning, Oct 2017

Kabalevsky: Cello concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49 | Staatskapelle Halle

J. S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major, BWV 1007 – Prelude

Beethoven Cycle: Sonatas for Piano and Violoncello

Beethoven   Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op.5/1 (1796)   [23’]

Beethoven   Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op.5/2 (1796)   [23’]

Beethoven   Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op.69 (1807-08)   [25’]

Beethoven   Cello Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op.102/1 (1815)   [15’]

Beethoven   Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op.102/2 (1815)   [20’]

Jan Vogler

Sonata No. 1: Elias Keller
Sonata No. 2: Tiffany Poon
Sonata No. 3: Ellen Lee
Sonata No. 4: Elisabeth Brauß
Sonata No. 5: Lauren Zhang

About the project
World renowned cellist Jan Vogler teams up with five young talented pianists to discover Beethoven`s Cello Sonatas together. Five pianists will explore the fascinating colors of Beethoven`s Cycle, each one joining Jan Vogler for one piece on stage and getting the unique chance in performing with a cello legend on major venues around the world.


Duo Program for Cello and Guitar from the album “Songbook” (2019)

J.S. Bach   Suite for Violoncello No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1007 (for cello solo)

I. Albéniz   Asturias (Prelude from Chants d’Espagne, Op. 232) (for guitar solo)

H. Mancini   Moon River (arr. for cello and guitar)

R. Gnattali   Sonata for Guitar and Cello


F. Burgmüller   3 Nocturnes for cello and guitar

N. Paganini   Cantabile, MS 109/Op.17 (arr. for cello and guitar)

H. Villa-Lobos   Bachianas Brasileiras No 5: I. Aria ’Cantilena’ (arr. for cello and guitar)

A. Piazzolla   from Histoire du Tango (arr. for cello and guitar by Jan Vogler)
‘Bordel 1900’
‘Café 1930
‘Nightclub 1960’

Duration: ca. 80min + Intermission

Jan Vogler

Ismo Eskelinen


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