Lars Vogt

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. 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. In 2017 they performed a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in Beijing, Shanghai and Seoul.

Lars begins this season with a return to the Leeds Competition, this time as a member of the jury. Throughout the season he continues to work as a conductor with many leading orchestras, with highlights featuring debuts with Singapore and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Lars’ solo engagements this season include the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at The Concertgebouw and concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, the St Louis Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He returns to North America in Spring 2019 for a tour with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff. He will also perform recitals in London, Salzburg, Barcelona and Beijing.

During his prestigious career Lars has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors including Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons and Sir Simon Rattle. 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 on the CAvi and EMI labels.  In addition to Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, Lars has enjoyed regular partnerships with colleagues such as Thomas Quasthoff, Ian Bostridge and Julian Pregardian and collaborates with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher.

A prolific recording artist, Lars now works closely with the Ondine label, with recent solo releases including works by Schubert and the Bach ‘Goldberg Variations’.

A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 Lars established a major educational programme ‘Rhapsody in School’. 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 Vogt beim Beethovenfest