Jan Kobow was born in Berlin and initially studied organ (Schola Cantorum in Paris) and church music (Hanover) before taking up the study of voice at the Academy of Music in Hamburg with Sabine Kirchner. In 1998 he won 1st prize at the 11th International Bach Competition in Leipzig.
He performs with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Frieder Bernius, John Eliot Gardiner, Gustav Leonhardt, Jos van Velthoven, Jeffrey Tate, Thomas Hengelbrock, Masaaki Suzuki, Robin Gritton, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ludger Rémy, Andreas Spering, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Marcus Creed, Howard Arman and René Jacobs and with ensembles such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Jan Kobow feels a strong attachment to lied, particularly German art song of the romantic period, and gives frequent recitals with Graham Johnson, Cord Garben, Burkhard Kehring, Phillip Moll and other artists. He also performs with noted fortepiano specialists such as Leo van Doeselaar, Ludger Rémy and Kristian Bezuidenhout.
As an opera singer he sang the role of Pamphilius in Johann Georg Conradi’s Ariadne at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2003. In January 2004 he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as Telemaco in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
Jan Kobow also performs regularly with the “Himlische Cantorey,” of which he is a founding member. Jan Kobow has been engaged for numerous CD productions and broadcasts.