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 music of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, to
the romantics Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov,
through to contemporary works such as the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto.
In addition to his high-profile career as a pianist, Lars Vogt is now appearing
regularly as a conductor and in October 2019 he was announced as the next
Music Director of Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, commencing this appointment on 1 July 2020. The 2019/20 season
marks his final season as Music Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia following five highly successful years in this role.
The relationship will continue with Lars recently announced as a Principal Artistic Partner of the orchestra from September
2020. During Lars’ time as Music Director they have developed a strong international profile with concerts in Amsterdam,
Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul and regular visits to the La Roque d’Antheron International Piano Festival and Festival de
Musique de Menton in France as well as the Rheingau Festival in Germany. The orchestra and Lars return
to Asia with concerts in Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul and perform at the Barbican in London as well as in Scotland and France.
Their complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle released on the Ondine label has been critically acclaimed with The Times
noting in regard to concerto no. 4 that they ‘can’t recall a finer account of this celestial work.’
This season Lars makes conducting debuts with New Japan Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken
Kaiserslautern, and Dortmunder Philharmoniker. Previous conducting collaborations include Cologne and Zurich Chamber
Orchestras, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hannover Opera Orchestra, Frankfurt
Museumorchester Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Sydney, Singapore and New Zealand symphony orchestras. In May 2019
he undertook a highly acclaimed tour of Germany and France leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra including concerts
in Berlin, Frankfurt and Paris.
As a soloist Lars continues to appear with leading orchestras around the world and this season returns to Toronto
Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and travels with Concertgebouworkest and Paavo Järvi to Asia. He returns to
North America with Christian Tetzlaff for an extensive tour including Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington followed by
duo appearances in London and Dublin. Lars also performs with Ian Bostridge in Moscow and gives solo recitals in Paris, at
the Flagey Piano Festival in Brussels and Edinburgh International festival.
During his prestigious career Lars has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Orchestre de
Paris, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Munich, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Philharmoniker, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York
Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony and NHK Symphony. 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, Vladimir Jurowski 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 2003/4 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 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 Mozart, Schubert and the
Bach Goldberg Variations which 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 made over ten discs with the label including the Hindemith Kammermusik No 2 with the
Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado, plus the Schumann, Grieg and first two Beethoven Concertos with the City of
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle.