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Lars Vogt

Principal Artistic Partner

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Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of our time. 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 thirty 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 20th Century works such as the dazzling Lutoslawski concerto.

In addition to his high-profile career as a pianist, Lars Vogt appears regularly as a conductor and took up the mantle of Music Director of Orchestre de chambre de Paris in July 2020. In the 2021/22 season he will curate his own series with the orchestra in Theatre de Champs Elysée and Pierre Boulez Salle, as well as take the orchestra on tour. He also continues his relationship with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, now as a Principal Artistic Partner, following a very successful five-year tenure as Music Director. With the RNS he developed a strong international profile with concerts in Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul, and regular visits to Frenchand German summer festivals. This season Lars also features as Artist in Residence with Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern both as conductor and pianist, and concerto engagements include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and St Louis and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras.

Previous conducting collaborations include 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 with concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt and Paris.

During his prestigious career Lars has played 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. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most renowned conductors such as 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, Ian Bostridge and Julian Pregardian and collaborates with actor KlausMaria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher.An exponent of contemporary music, Lars works regularly with high-profile composers and has premiered works by Thomas Larcher, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Kryštof Mařatka and Volker David Kirchner.

A prolific recording artist, Lars works closely with the label Ondine, with whom solo releases have included his Opus Klassik 2021 Award winning release of works by Janacek, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations which had unprecedented success in download charts. His orchestral recordings for Ondine with the Royal Northern Sinfonia of the complete Beethoven and Brahms concertos directed from the keyboard received wide critical acclaim. Chamber collaborations feature prominently in Lars’ discography and include Brahms, Mozart and Schumann sonatas with Christian Tetzlaff, as well as the 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 with the Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle.

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 Nuremberg with his wife, the violinist Anna Reszniak, and his family.