Background Information
Performer Bios

Poet/Composer Bios

Additional Information

Biographies of Performers: Main Page | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Explanation | Acronyms

Jan Kobow (Tenor)

Born: Berlin, Germany

The German tenor, Jan Kobow, had his first musical education from the State and Cathedral Choir and gained early experience of concerts and gramophone recordings as a soprano soloist. After gaining his university entrance and a special school-leaving certificate in America, he first studied organ at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where he earned the Diplôme de Virtuosité. He then took his degree in organ and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover (1988-1993), followed directly by vocal study at the Hamburg College of Music with Professor Sabine Kirchner, which he completed in 1999. Jan Kobow was first-prize winner at the 11th International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1998.

Since 1992 Jan Kobow has been in regular demand as a Lieder and oratorio singer, and a performer of early music. He has performed under conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, John Eliot Gardiner, Thomas Hengelbrock, Masaaki Suzuki, Jeffrey Tate, Gustav Leonhardt, Jos van Veldhoven, René Jacobs, Robin Gritton, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Frieder Bernius, Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss and with the Freiburger Barockorchester, De Nederlandsen Bachvereniging, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Knabenchor Hannover, RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and Concerto Köln. In September 1999 he toured with the Collegium Vocale Gent conducted by Philippe Herreweghe and in December of that year with De Nederlandsen Bachvereniging conducted by Gustav Leonhardt and Michael Schneider. He also participated in several concerts of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, in which the complete sacred cantatas of J.S. Bach were performed and recorded under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner.

Jan Kobow also feels a strong attachment to lied, particularly German art song of the romantic period. His repertoire includes Lieder by Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, Alban Berg, etc. He gives frequent recitals, such as at the Ruhr Piano Festival with Graham Johnson (1997) and at the MDR Musiksommer in Dresden. In May 1999 he gave a Lieder recital at the Kleine Musikhalle in Hamburg.

As an opera singer Jan Kobow has appeared with the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (Die Zauberflöte, under the direction of August Everding), with the Dresden Baroque ensemble Batzdorfer Hofkapelle (Calandro of Ristori) and last year at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam under Andreas Spering (Alessandro nell´Indie of J. Chr. Bach).

Jan Kobow has been engaged for numerous CD productions and broadcasts. He recorded with the Chamber Choir of Stuttgart under Frieder Bernius, Knabenchor Hannover under Heinz Hennig, Gruppe Alte Musik Ensemble of Munich, Musicalische Compagney of Berlin, Balthasar Neumann Choir under Thomas Hengelbrock, and Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe. A CD with madrigals from the time of Elizabeth I of England (Clear or Cloudy, released by ambitus) was produced under his own direction with the ensemble Himlische Cantorey, of which he is a founding member.

Source: KD Schmid Website (November 2001); Liner notes to the CD ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’ conducted by Heinz Hennig (Thorofon, 1995); Liner notes to the CD ‘J.S. Bach: Festmusiken für das Kurfürstlich-Sächsische Haus’ conducted by Heinz Hennig (Ars Musici, 2000); The Three Haute-Contre Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2002)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Frieder Bernius


BWV 249

Jörg Breiding


BWV 106, BWV 131 [member of Himlische Cantorey]

Frans Brüggen


BWV 232 [2nd], BWV 232 [3rd]

John Eliot Gardiner


BCP: BWV 36, BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 70, BWV 132, BWV 147

Heinz Hennig


BWV 140, BWV 213, BWV 214, BWV 248

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 2, BWV 11 [2nd], BWV 20, BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 127, BWV 159, BWV 176
BWV 244 [3rd], BWV 245 [3rd], BWV 249 [2nd]

Sigiswald Kuijken


BWV 16, BWV 17, BWV 65, BWV 153, BWV 154, BWV 164, BWV 179

Stephan MacLeod


BWV 81, BWV 180, BWV 227

Hermann Max


BWV 245, BWV 248

Eric J. Milnes


BWV 19, BWV 130, BWV 149 [w/ Montreal Baroque]

Lars Ulrik Mortensen


BWV 232

Philippe Pierlot


BWV 18, BWV 106, BWV 150, BWV 198, BWV 234, BWV 245 [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Marcel Ponseele


BWV 27, BWV 55

Michaela Prentl


BWV 147, BWV 243 [2nd]

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 7, BWV 11, BWV 20, BWV 41, BWV 92, BWV 94, BWV 130, BWV 249

Masaaki Suzuki


Member of Bach Collegium Japan:
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 22:
BWV 7, BWV 20, BWV 94
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 33::
BWV 41, BWV 92, BWV 130

Daniel Taylor


BWV 131, BWV 161

Alexander Weimann


BWV 245 [Evangelist]

Links to other Sites

Jan Kobow (King Arthur) [German]
Jan Kobow, tenor (BCJ) [Photo]
Kobow Jan, ténor (Festival Wallonie) [French]
journal aktuell (KD Schmid) [German]
Jan Kobow (KD Schmid)
Jan Kobow (ATMA Classique) [Grench]

Jan Kobow - Biography, Discography (Goldberg)
A German Cycle (Taylor Fladgate)
Jan Kobow (BR Online) [English/German]
Jan Kobow - Tenor (Bachwoche Ansbach) [German]
Jan Kobow - Profiel (deSingel) [Dutch]
Jan Kobow (Quartetto Milano) [Italian]

Biographies of Performers: Main Page | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Explanation | Acronyms

Introduction | Cantatas | Other Vocal | Instrumental | Performers | General Topics | Articles | Books | Movies | New
Biographies | Texts & Translations | Scores | References | Commentaries | Music | Concerts | Festivals | Tour | Art & Memorabilia
Chorale Texts | Chorale Melodies | Lutheran Church Year | Readings | Poets & Composers | Arrangements & Transcriptions
Search Website | Search Works/Movements | Terms & Abbreviations | Copyright | How to contribute | Sitemap | Links


Back to the Top

Last update: ýJanuary 2, 2015 ý09:23:17