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 over 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 Rachmaninov, through to the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto.
Lars is now increasingly performing as a conductor and in September 2015 took up his post as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia at the Sage, Gateshead. With Lars the orchestra has developed a strong international profile with concerts in Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul and Tokyo and regular visits to La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival and Festival de Musique de Menton in France, as well as the Rheingau Festival in Germany. In 2017 they performed a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul. The orchestra also recorded the cycle for a series of releases.
During his prestigious career Lars has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2015 Lars featured in the First Night of the BBC Proms season in London and the opening of the Orchestre de Paris’ season at the Philharmonie in Paris, repeated at La Scala, Milan. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle and Robin Ticciati. His special relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence” in the 2003/04 season.
Lars enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician and in June 1998 he 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. Its huge success has been marked by the release of several live recordings. In addition to Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars has enjoyed regular partnerships with colleagues such as Thomas Quasthoff, Ian Bostridge and Julian Pregardien and collaborates with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher.
A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars established a major educational programme 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. Lars lives in Berlin with his wife, the violinist Anna Reszniak, and his family.