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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 vocalist specialized in Baroque repertoire, and has been invited to perform worldwide by eminent musicians such as Frans Brüggen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Immerseel, Sigiswald Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and Masaaki Suzuki.


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 Loewe, and John Dowland, as well as additional Schubert songs with pianists Cord Garben and Ludger Rémy.
His most recent releases include the Evangelist role in the St Mark Passion by Reinhard Keiser (awarded the Diapason d’Or), and the critically acclaimed original version of Schubert’s “Winterreise”. He has also recorded Haydn’s Creation and The Seasons, as well as Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St. John Passion, and the Mass in B Minor, sometimes in several available versions. He is featured on the complete Bach editions recorded by Bach Collegium Japan, La Petite Bande and the English Baroque Soloists, as well as in the Naxos label’s complete Schubert series. Mr. Kobow has appeared in various Baroque operas around the world including productions at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels and Lincoln Centre in New York City. His recent portrayal of the title character in Boxberg’s Sardanapalus was a great success, and has also been released on CD.


Mr. Kobow has an excellent reputation as an ensemble singer. He is a founding member of the vocal group Die Himlische Cantorey, which has recorded ten CDs. For the Nuremberg International Organ festival, the ensemble initiated a large-scale recital and CD project featuring the music of Johann Pachelbel.


His upcoming 2017/2018 season includes: a guest appearance for an opera and CD production of Handel’s Almira for the Boston Early Music Festival, and many further recitals in Europe on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.


At home in Schloss Seehaus (located between Würzburg and Nuremberg), Jan Kobow hosts an annual concert series in that venue, and conducts vocal master classes to share his knowledge and love of music. One of the highlights in the 2017 Schloss Seehaus season will be a series of “wandering recitals” from venue to venue, in collaboration with lutenist Axel Wolf. For his initiative and commitment for the arts in the Nuremberg metropolitan region, Jan Kobow was awarded the “Artist of the Month” prize in 2016.


Season 2017/2018 (Representation: Different countries | Management: Daniela Spering | Administration: Stephanie Watin)

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