Jan Vogler is cellist, recording artist, music director, and innovator.
As a brilliant and world-famous cello soloist Jan plays with the world’s most renowned orchestras. Besides of classical composers such as Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Bach, his concert repertoire also includes premieres by contemporary artists such as Tigran Mansurian, John Harbison and Jörg Widmann, whose cello concerto „Dark Strings” was dedicated to Jan. The New York Times admired the “lyrical flair” of his cello playing, Gramophone magazine praised his “dizzying virtuosity”, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung affirmed the gift of “having his cello speak like a singing voice”.
Jan is known for developing innovative musical formats with his colleagues. In 2017 he launched the project „New Worlds” with the actor Bill Murray, the violinist Mira Wang and the pianist Vanessa Perez. The project combines well-known chamber music and American literature.
While Bill recites well-known American writers such as Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Walt Whitman, the trio accompanies with classical music by Bach, Mozart, and modern composers such as Gershwin and Mancini. Since 2001 Jan is artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival and since 2009 also music director of the Dresden Music Festival, one of the largest and most renowned classical music festivals in Europe. For his concerts, recordings and engagement, Jan has received numerous awards such as three ECHO Klassik (2002, 2006 and 2014), the European Award for Culture (2006), the Erich Kästner Award for tolerance, humanity and international understanding (2011) and the European Culture Prize TAURUS (2018).
Jan went to a special school for music in Berlin. In Berlin, he was taught by Peter Vogler and Josef Schwab and in Basel by Heinrich Schiff. At the age of only 20 years, he joined the Staatskapelle Dresden as principal cello in 1984. Since 1997 he works as a soloist.