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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, John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Herreweghe, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhard, 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 Ludwig Rémey.


Presently, he is recording the Evangelist roles in the collected Passion Works by Heinrich Schütz with the Dresden Chamber Choir under the direction of Christoph Rodemann, and is participating in a DVD production of Bach’s Christmas Cantata with the Concerto Copenhagen. 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 both the Ekhoff Festival in Gotha, and Frankische Sommer Festival was a great success. Audiences have particularly delighted in his comic turns in the operettas “Die Blaue Mazur” by Franz Léhar and Conradi’s “Ariadne”.


Much sought after as Singer of Lieder, this season Jan Kobow will perform Schubert Lieder Evenings in Berlin and Ghent accompanied by Jos van Immerseel. He will also be singing Lieder by Krenek at the Frankische Sommer Festival with pianist Burkhard Kehring.


He is a founding member of the vocal ensemble “Die Himlische Cantorey” which has already recorded approximately ten CD’s, and also has an excellent reputation as a well respected ensemble singer. Other collaborations include recordings with Gli Angeli Geneve, Weser-Renaissance, and Philippe Herreweghe among others.


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 2013/2014 (Representation: Generalmanagement)


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