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 romantic repertoire of 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. Last season they explored Beethoven’s works for piano and orchestra, both at home and on a European summer festivals tour and their first tour to Asia. This season, he takes the orchestra to Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest and Japan.
Mr. Vogt has also guest conducted the Cologne, Munich and Zurich Chamber Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming collaborations include the Hannover Opera Orchestra, Frankfurt Museumorchester, Real Filharmonica de Galicia, Orchestre Chambre de Paris, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Singapore and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.
During his prestigious career, Mr. Vogt has performed with many of the great European orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. 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 Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Tanglewood; 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 2017/18 season include concerto performances with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Warsaw Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as five concerts for a residency with the Frankfurt Museumorchester.
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, Mr. 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 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.