Lars Vogt – Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director
Newly appointed Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in Düren, Germany in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leed... Read more
Newly appointed Royal Northern Sinfonia Music Director Lars Vogt has established himself as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Born in Düren, Germany in 1970, he first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. His versatility as a pianist ranges from the core classical repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms to the romantics Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, through to the dazzling Lutosławski concerto. He is now increasingly working with orchestras both as conductor and directing from the keyboard.
Lars has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, NHK Symphony and Orchestre de Paris. His special relationship with the Berlin Philharmonic follows his appointment as their first ever ‘pianist in residence’ in 2003/4.
As well as opening Royal Northern Sinfonia’s season, highlights of 2014/15 include concertos with the Orchestre Philharmonique de France, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, as well as the London Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in London and Germany. In North America he appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Boston Symphony, and in South America he performs in São Paolo, Brasilia, Mexico City and Bogotá. He is a key soloist in the Deutschekammerphilharmonie Bremen’s Brahms cycle at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, the Tanglewood and Lanaudière Festivals, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall. He returns to Japan at the end of the season for concerts with the New Japan Philharmonic.
Lars enjoys a high profile as a chamber musician, and in June 1998 founded his own chamber festival in the village of Heimbach near Cologne. A passionate advocate of making music an essential life force in the community, in 2005 he established a major educational programme ‘Rhapsody in School’, bringing his colleagues to schools across Germany and Austria.