Born in Düren, Germany in 1970, pianist Lars Vogt first came to attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2001.
Mr. Vogt was appointed Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead in 2015. With the orchestra he has performed concerts in Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, and Tokyo, and made regular visits to the La Roque d'Antheron International Piano Festival and Festival de Musique de Menton in France, and the Rheingau Festival in Germany. In 2017 they performed a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle in Beijing, Shanghai, and Seoul. The cycle was also recorded for the Ondine label.
In the 2018-19 season season Mr. Vogt makes conducting debuts with the Singapore and New Zealand symphonies, Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Previous conducting collaborations include appearances with the Cologne and Zurich chamber orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hannover Opera Orchestra, Frankfurt Museumsorchester, and Sydney Symphony. Engagements as a pianist this season include concerts with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw and with the Saint Louis and Baltimore symphonies. He returns to North America in spring 2019 for a tour with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff with appearances at Carnegie Hall, and in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Vancouver. He also performs recitals in London, Salzburg, Barcelona, and Beijing.
Mr. Vogt's recordings for the Ondine label include solo discs of works by Schubert and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and chamber music releases such as Brahms, Mozart, and Schumann sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff, and a Grammy-nominated disc of Brahms piano trios with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff. Previously Mr. Vogt recorded more than ten discs on the EMI label, including Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic, and concertos of Schumann, Grieg, and Beethoven with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded a charming recording of Larcher, Schumann, and Bartók works for children for the CAvi label; Mozart’s concertos with Mozarteumorchester Salzburg for Oehms Classics; and solo Liszt and Schumann for Berlin Classics.
In 2005 Mr. Vogt established the educational program Rhapsody in School which brings his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria, connecting children with world-class musicians. In 2013 he was appointed professor of piano at the Hannover Conservatory of Music, succeeding Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, his former teacher and close friend. Mr. Vogt lives in Berlin with his wife, the violinist Anna Reszniak, and his family.