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, John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Philippe Herreweghe, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Frans Brüggen, Jos van Immerseel, and Gustav Leonhard.
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 Rienhard Keiser which won a Diapason d’Or award, 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. He also appears on the complete Bach recordings of the Bach Collegium Japan, la Petite Bands, the English Baroque soloists, and in the Naxos Schubert series. Upcoming releases include Erasums Kinderman’s Lieder und Duette with soprano Ina Siedlaczek and the United Continuo Ensemble.
Mr. Kobow has performed in various Baroque operas around the world including productions at the Théâtre 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.
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, and will soon release Pachelbel’s Magnificat.
During the 2018/2019 season Mr. Kobow was a guest artist with the Boston Early Music Festival touring production and CD recording of Christoph Graupners Antiochus Et Stratonica which was also performed at the Bremen Music Festival. He will also appear at Ettlinger Schloss concert with soprano Dorothée Mields, at the Franconian Summer Festival, concerts at Schloss Jezeří in the Czech Republic, at the Goethe Theatre in Bad Lauchstädt with Udo Samel and Daniel Heide performing Schubert’s Swan Songs, and at the Wittenberger Renaissance Music Festival.At home in Schloss Seehaus, Jan Kobow hosts an annual concert series, and conducts vocal master classes both there and at the Academy of Church Music in Bayreuth. In 2016 he was honored to be named Artist of the Month for the Nürenberg metropolitan region in recognition of his artistic contributions.