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JAN KOBOW, tenor

Berlin native and tenor Jan Kobow has been a recognized figure in the music world since winning first prize in the 1998 Leipzig Bach Competition. He has established an international reputation as a Baroque vocal musician and has been invited to perform worldwide by among others: Masaaki Suzuki, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhard, Frans Brüggen, Jos van Immerseel, and Philippe Pierlot.


Jan Kobow has appeared as a featured soloist on nearly 100 recordings, and has 9 solo albums to his credit, including Schubert’s three Lieder song cycles with Kristian Bezuidenhout and Christoph Hammer. He has also recorded Lieder by Felix Mendelssohn, Siegmund von Seckendorff, Johann Krieger, Carl Lowe, John Dowland as well as additional Schubert Lieder with pianists Cord Garben and Ludwig Rémey.


Recently, he recorded the Evangelist role in Reinhard Keiser’s “Markus Passion” and took part in the Video Recording of all Bach works All Of Bach with the Netherlands Bach Society. He has also recorded standard works including “The Creation”, “The Seasons”, and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, “St. John’s Passion”, and “B minor Mass”.


Mr. Kobow has appeared in various Baroque operas around the world including productions at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Lincoln Center in New York City. Most recently his portrayal of the title character in Boxberg’s “Sardanapalus” at the Wilhelma Theater in Stuttgart was a great success. Audiences have particularly delighted in his comic turns in the operettas “Die Blaue Mazur” by Franz Lehár and Johann Conradi’s “Ariadne”.


Mr. Kobow has an excellent reputation as an ensemble singer and is a founding member of the vocal group Die Himlische Cantorey which has recorded 10 CD’s. Other collaborations include recordings with Gli Angeli Genève and Weser-Renaissance.


His 2014 / 2015 Season includes: Bachwoche 2015 in Ansbach, a tour with Bach “B Minor Mass” in the Netherlands with Concerto Copenhagen, Bach’s “Johannespassion” in Stuttgart and another tour with the  French Ensemble Jacques Moderne (Monaco, Paris etc.). As a Lied singer he appears with Christoph Hammer at Fränkische Sommer (“Schöne Müllerin”) and with Burkhard Kehring (Krenek and Weill Songs in Antwerp, AMUZ).


At home in Schloss Seehaus, Jan Kobow hosts an annual concert series, and conducts vocal master classes to share his knowledge and love of music.


Season 2014/2015 (Representation: Projects, Management: Daniela Spering, Administration: Philipp Fehler)


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