John Rogler grew up in Boston where he began his studies in music from his father, who is a composer. From 2004-14 he studied cello under Katherine Kayaian, Director of Orchestra, Strings, and Chamber Music at Nobles and Greenough School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbus State University in cello performance studying under esteemed soloist Wendy Warner. He then received his master’s degree in cello performance from DePaul University studying under former assistant principle of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Balderston.
From 2009-14, he was a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO), one of the most prestigious youth programs in the nation. In 2012, he placed runner-up in the BYSO’s Repertory Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a freshman in college, he was a member of the Columbus String Quartet, which won the MTNA String Chamber Competition of Georgia as well as the Southern United States. The quartet then placed Runner-up in the MTNA National Finals, held in Las Vegas. In 2016, he becme a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In that same year, he recorded the world premiere of Death of the Hired Man for solo cello by his father, Robert Rogler. In 2017, he won the Ruth Kern Young Artist Concerto Competition and soloed Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he was named Runner-up in the Evanston Music Club Competition and the DePaul Concerto Competition. In October 2019, he was named Principal Cellist of the Thompson Street Opera Company.