At the age of eight, Lars Vogt made the decision to become a musician – he was to become one of the most renowned pianists of his generation. He made his debut as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the 2003 Salzburg Easter Festival under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto. He was named Pianist in Residence in the 2003/04 season, during which he also performed in chamber music formations with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Together with Kirill Petrenko, he also performed Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the orchestra in 2009.
Lars Vogt completed his piano studies under, among others, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, one of the most successful German piano teachers of recent decades. Second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition laid the foundation for a meteoric career that took Vogt through Europe, the USA and to the Far East with solo performances and as a partner to the most renowned orchestras and conductors. His broad repertoire included compositions from the Baroque to more recent works such as the dazzling Piano Concerto by Witold Lutosławski. In addition to his appearances as a soloist, Lars Vogt also pursued conducting. He was music director of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Directeur musical of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. As a conductor, he worked with many leading orchestras such as the Zürcher Kammerorchester, the Camerata Salzburg, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Sydney, Singapore and New Zealand symphony orchestras.