The Dresden Music Festival hit the ground running with a dazzling 45th season (June 2022)

The »MAGIC« of the Dresden Music Festival has unfolded its full charm in the past four and a half weeks. Musical highlights, standing ovations, and dancing guests in the concert halls: With the first full-scale edition since the start of the pandemic, director Jan Vogler and his team managed to send audiences home in a euphoric mood. Since May 11, around 42,000 guests have flocked to 65 concerts in 25 venues in Dresden. Despite a late start to the ticket pre-sales and the decision to open venues to full capacity at short notice, seat utilization reached 85 percent. The success of the Dresden Music Festival is also reflected in ticket revenue, which amounted to near 1,4 million Euros.

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Long Night of the Cello on ARTE Concert (June 2022)

Starting tonight, the Long Night of the Cello from this year’s Dresden Music Festival will be available across Europe on ARTE Concert. Divided into three parts, Nicolas Altstaedt, Santiago Cañón-Valencia, Pablo Ferrández, Zlatomir Fung, David Geringas, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, ShekuKanneh-Mason, Anastasia Kobekina present, Harriet Krijgh, Mischa Maisky, Ivan Monighetti, Edgar Moreau, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Miklós Perényi, Kian Soltani, Jan Vogler, and Pieter Wispelwey showcase the multifaceted nature of the instrument.

The streams as well as the program of the individual parts can be found here:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

New recording Pop Songs with Jan Vogler, Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic (May 2022)

Cellist Jan Vogler explores hits of the past four centuries together with Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic on the new CD Pop Songs which will be released by Sony on 6 May. The idea of a recording to tell the story of the “pop song” came to Jan Vogler

during the pandemic, when every day – deprived of the daily live encounter with great music – we were all singing and whistling to ourselves catchy tunes from the last four centuries. Realizing the project with the creative Omer Meir Wellber and the fabulous BBC Philharmonic was an intense reminder of the intensity and radiance these ‘hits’ have retained over decades and centuries. The cello – with its vocal range from baritone to coloratura soprano – is a versatile narrator of this thrilling story.

The new arrangements for cello and orchestra range from Monteverdi to Michael Jackson, from Mozart to the Beatles. The second force behind the recording is conductor Omer Meir Wellber, with whom Jan Vogler had long discussions about the right arrangement and approach to each piece. The two sought the specific expression for each song and asked themselves what actually made the numbers so popular.

Further insights can be found in the booklet.

Dresden Music Festival 2022 under the motto MAGIC from 11 May to 10 June (February 2022)

The Dresden Music Festival 2022 will take place under the motto “MAGIC” from 11 May to 10 June with a special program which explores the multifaceted perspectives that Intendant Jan Vogler and his team stand for in Dresden since 2008.

Especially now, artists, as well as our audience, have become deeply aware of the significance of art and culture. I am looking forward to a remarkable lively and creative year that will release tremendous amounts of inspiration and energy which will enchant many people,” says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.

What to expect in the 66 concerts, festival debuts and world premieres of the 45th Dresden Music Festival can be found in the program brochure.


Jan Vogler (January 2022)

On the occasion of the Day of German Unity in 2021, cellist Jan Vogler received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

In the next two months, Jan Vogler will appear as a soloist at the Teatro Massimo for a Holocaust memorial concert and a symphony concert in Palermo and with a solo program at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Following its successful premiere at the 74th Festival de Cannes, “NEW WORLDS: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION” (trailer) will be released in February (US) and March (Europe). Andrew Muscato’s film accompanies the concert of Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends in Athens.

Jan Vogler at the 76th Settimane Musicali di Ascona (September 2021)

Together with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Fabio Luisi, Jan Vogler will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto no. 1 at the 76th Settimane Musicali di Ascona on 10 September.

10 September
Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Church of San Francesco Locarno
Haydn: Concerto for cello no. 1
Jan Vogler, cello
Mozart: Ouverture dalle Nozze di Figaro
Beethoven: Sinfonia no. 8 op. 93
Fabio Luisi, conductor
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai

Please find more information here.

The Moritzburg Festival 2021 starts this weekend (August 2021)

This year’s Moritzburg Festival will take place from August 7 to 22. In addition to the opening concert with Jan Vogler (violoncello), Mira Wang (violin), Ulrich Eichenauer (viola) and Janne Saksala (double bass), among others, the program is full of interesting programs. A highlight is the orchestral concert with the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra under Josep Caballé Domenech and featuring Kevin Zhu (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), Mishka Rushdie Momen (piano) and works by de Arriaga, Beethoven and Schumann. Also on the program are the Picnic Concert in the Proschwitz Palace Park, the Long Night of Chamber Music on the North Terrace of Moritzburg Palace, and Special Chamber Music Performances. More information and details can be found here.

This year, the unique atmosphere of eleven concerts on the North Terrace of the Moritzburg Castle and one symphonic concert at the Philharmonic Concert Hall Dresden can be experienced worldwide for the first time through Dreamstage. Please find more information here.

Jan Vogler at the 74th Festival de Cannes (July 2021)

Bill Murray, Cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez present NEW WORLDS: THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATIONat the 74th Festival de Cannes.

As part of the Special Screenings, the music film will be shown at 8:45 p.m. CET on 16 July at the Théâtre Claude Debussy. In the film, the artists are accompanied on their shared musical journey, taking viewers on a special time travel through musical and literary history, including works by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich, as well as texts by Hemingway and Whitman. The film was directed by Andrew Muscato.


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