Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in the German town of Düren in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition and has enjoyed a varied career for nearly twenty-five years. His versatility as an artist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Vogt is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and conducting from the keyboard and his recent appointment as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead in Newcastle, UK in September 2015 reflects this new development in his career.
During his prestigious career, Lars Vogt has performed with many of the great European orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Staatskappelle and Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most prestigious conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado and Andris Nelsons. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever "Pianist in Residence" in the 2003/2004 season.
Recent performances in North American include appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, the Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Cincinnati, National and Atlanta symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; a recital at New York’s 92nd St. Y and an appearance at the Mostly Mozart Festival; and a trio tour with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff with performances in San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Boston and Toronto.
Highlights of Lars Vogt’s 2016/17 season include performances with the NHK Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Santa Cecilia Orchestra at La Scala in Milan, the Philharmonia and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as a recital tour throughout Europe with Ian Bostridge. In North America, Mr. Vogt returns to the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs a solo recital on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and appears with Christian Tetzlaff playing duo recitals in New York and Houston and at Duke and Stanford universities.
Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician and in June 1998, founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. Known as "Spannungen," the concerts take place in an art-nouveau hydro-electric power station and its huge success has been marked by the release of several live recordings on EMI and CAvi.
A prolific recording artist, Lars Vogt now works closely with the Ondine label, most recently on a disc of Schubert works released in October 2016. Prior to that, his Bach Goldberg Variations with the label had unprecedented success in download charts as well as receiving widespread acclaim. Adding to his growing list of chamber recordings, recent releases on Ondine include Brahms, Mozart and Schumann sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff, and their GRAMMY nominated Brahms’ piano trios with Tanja Tetzlaff. In earlier years as an EMI recording artist, Lars Vogt made over ten discs with the label including the Hindemith Kammermusik No 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado, plus the Schumann, Grieg and first two Beethoven Concertos with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle. He has also recorded for the CAvi (most recently a recording of Larcher, Schumann and Bartók works for children released in 2016), Ohems Classics (Mozart Concertos/Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra) and Berlin Classics (solo Liszt and Schumann).
A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars Vogt established a major educational program "Rhapsody in School" which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, thereby connecting children with inspiring world-class musicians. He is also an accomplished and enthusiastic teacher and in 2013 was appointed Professor of Piano at the Hannover Conservatory of Music, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his former teacher and close friend.