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Lars Vogt was born in 1970 in Düren, Germany. He studied with Ruth Weiss in Aachen as well as with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover and entered into the international spotlight when he took second prize at the 1990 Leeds Pianoforte Competition. Since then Vogt has enjoyed a stellar career not only in Europe but in the United States and Asia as well. He became the first-ever pianist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, and he has worked with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. In the 2016-17 season he will be a guest artist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Together with the violinist Christian Tetzlaff, he is undertaking a tour of the United States, and he is also giving a series of lieder recitals with the tenor Ian Bostridge. Chamber music is at the core of Lars Vogt’s artistic work: in 1998 he founded the “Spannungen” Festival in Heimbach in the Eifel Mountains, where he performs with renowned colleagues in a variety of formations. A CD edition documenting many of these concerts won the German Record Critics’ Prize. In addition to his appearances as a pianist, Vogt has in recent years devoted himself to conducting: since the 2015-16 season he has served as Artistic Director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle. His discography includes more than 20 CDs, the most recent of which was released in October 2016: a recording of piano pieces by Franz Schubert. Lars Vogt is the initiator of the educational project “Rhapsody in School.” He has been Professor of Piano at the Hanover Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Media since 2012.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut in connection with the Late Night series of concerts on August 28, 1999: Klaus-Maria Brandauer read selections from Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus while Lars Vogt played Beethoven and Brahms.