Christian Kögel is a native of lovely southern Bavaria. He began to study classical guitar at the age of ten.
Kögel moved to Berlin in 1990 and founded his own trio , that won several jazz-competitions in Germany. He continued studying classical guitar at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1990-1994) and begun studying at the jazzdepartment of the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin with David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, a.o. (1991-1996), where he received a bachelor for the arts and education in 1996.
From 1998 – 2000 Kögel studied oud and traditional arabic music with the syrian master Farhan Sabbagh.
Christian Kögel is member of several bands in Germany (flexkögel, KMO-Trio, Christian Kögel’s „Queen Jazz live“, Paul Brodys Sadawi, Edward Macleans Adoqué, Wood & Steel Trio, Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook, feat. Michael Schiefel, Lauer Large, Marc Muellbauers Kaleidoscope, Nasser Kilada & Ranin, Jazzanova live, Kempendorff/Lauer/Kögel, a.o.) as well as international bands like Jerry Granelli V-16, DJ Stinkin‘ Rich, Safar (with musicians from Afghanistan), with whom he performed at several Jazz Festivals around the world.
Christian Kögel teaches jazz-guitar in Berlin at the University of Arts (UdK) and is member of the teaching staff of several international Jazz-Workshops like the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax, Giant Steps and X-lab in Berlin.
He is head of the Jazzdepartement at Musikschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.