Lars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists 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 since gone on to give major concerto and recital performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
An EMI recording artist, Lars Vogt has made fifteen discs for the label. These include Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 2 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado and Schumann, Grieg and the first two Beethoven Concerti with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, who has described him as "one of the most extraordinary musicians of any age group that I have had the fortune to be associated with". Vogt has also made several solo and chamber recordings for EMI. In Spring 2008 he released recordings of solo Schubert works for Avi and Mozart Concerti with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Ivor Bolton for Oehms.
For the 2003 season Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever "Pianist in Residence" for the Berlin Philharmonic, devising four chamber programs with members of the orchestra and performing Beethoven 1 with Sir Simon Rattle in Salzburg and Berlin.
During the 2008 season Lars Vogt performed Brahms at the BBC Proms and Mozart at the Salzburg Festival. In Germany he appeared twice with the Berlin Philharmonic and toured with the Czech Philharmonic.
Lars Vogt enjoys a high profile as a recitalist and chamber musician and recent appearances include London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Rome, Istanbul and New York. In June 1998 he founded his own festival in Heimbach, Germany. Known as “Spannungen”, its huge success has been marked by the release of ten live recordings on EMI. He enjoys regular partnerships with colleagues such as Christian Tetzlaff and collaborates occasionally with actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer and comedian Konrad Beikircher. He has also initiated an education project in Germany, called “Rhapsody in School”.