Pianist Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in Düren in 1970, he first attracted widespread public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. Over the past years, Lars has been appearing regularly in concert agendas across the US, Asia, and Europe. Sir Simon Rattle, with whom he often collaborates, has described him as “one of the most extraordinary musicians of any age group with whom I have had the fortune to be associated with”.
Lars Vogt masters an extended range of solo and concerto repertoire. His special relationship with the Berliner Philharmoniker has continued with regular collaborations following his appointment as their first ever “Pianist in Residence”. He has made guest appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, the Munich Philharmonic, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and the Dresden Staatskapelle. Lars is regularly invited to appear at the BBC Proms, at Lucerne Festival, and at Salzburg Festival; he has given countless solo piano recitals.
Lars is particularly passionate about chamber music, which he cultivates by performing with his friends on the podiums of the world. That passion is what inspired him to found the festival SPANNUNGEN in Heimbach in 1998. No longer just a tip for connoisseurs, SPANNUNGEN has become one of the most renowned chamber music festivals in Europe.
In 2012, Lars Vogt was appointed to succeed his late teacher, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, in the chair of piano professor at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hannover.