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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 amongst others: Masaaki Suzuki, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Herreweghe, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Frans Brüggen, Jos van Immerseel, and Philippe Pierlot.


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


His recently released works include the Evangelist role in the St. Mark’s Passion by Reinhard Keiser, and the critically acclaimed original version of Schubert’s “Winterreise”. He has also recorded Haydn’s “Creation”, and “Seasons”, and Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio”, “St. John’s Passion”, and “Mass in B Minor”. 


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. His recent portrayal of the title character in Boxberg’s “Sardanapalus” at the Wilhelma-Theater in Stuttgart was a great success, and has also been released on CD. Audiences particularly delight in his comic turns in the operettas “Die Blaue Mazur” by Franz Léhar, and Conradi’s “Ariadne”.


Much in demand as a “Lieder” singer, Mr. Kobow will be touring with Christoph Hammer through Münster, Oldenburg, Bremen and several other German cities in the upcoming year, performing Schubert’s “Winterreise”.


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 ten CD’s. Other collaborations include recordings with Gli Angeli Genève, Weser-Renaissance, the Collegium Vocale Gent, and a soon to be released recording of Johann Hermann Schein’s “Fountains of Israel”.


His upcoming 2015/2016 Season includes: Duet performances with Dorothée Mields at the 2015 Ansbach Bach Week, and 2016 Bach Week in Thüringen; an appearance at the Oude Muziek Festival in Utrecht; and singing Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” with Janine Jansen & Friends at the Bremen Music festival. Further highlights will include Concerts at the Telemann Days in Magdeburg, Beethoven Week in Bonn with Petra Somali, and the Bach academy in Stuttgart.


Concerts and Lieder evenings at the Franconian Summer Festival, Wandelkonzerte at Schloss Seehaus, and Musica Franconia exemplify his multifaceted presence as a singer in Bavaria.


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 2015/2016 (Representation: Projects, Management: Daniela Spering, Administration: Philipp Fehler)


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