On Demand: RNS: Vogt plays Mozart
Lars Vogt director/piano
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Schumann Manfred Overture
Mozart Piano Concerto No.21
Dvorak Symphony No.6
When Mozart played his own piano concertos, he conducted them as well. So that’s exactly what Lars Vogt does, right at the heart of today’s concert. Mozart’s 21st piano concerto is one of those pieces that you’ll already know, even if you don’t realise it, and Lars Vogt pairs it with two pieces that he absolutely loves. Schumann’s Manfred overture whips up a storm, and then we’re off to the Bohemian countryside of Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony: summer sunshine and joyous dance-rhythms, from a composer who believed you could never have too many good tunes.
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 French and German summer festivals