Pianist Lars Vogt was born in 1970 in Düren, Germany. Since 1990 — when he won his first competition prize, he is been known at the major concert halls all over the world. In the season 2003/04 he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor Lorin Maazel) and gave the inaugural concert of the new Carnegie Hall. He is especially interested in chamber music, and he founded the festival "Spannungen“ in Heimbach (Eifel) in 1998. He has been "Pianist in Residence" with the Berliner Philharmoniker. In 2004 he was awarded with both the Brahms Prize and the Echo Klassik. In 2006 he also received the "Großer Kulturpreis der rheinischen Sparkassen".