Pianist Lars Vogt dies aged 51

06 September 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The music world is in shock at the passing of one of its most poetic and humble legends of the piano

Outpourings of grief appeared – and continue to appear – from friends who knew him well and fans who adored his stylish, elegant playing. Vogt died yesterday 5 September. 

Vogt was diagnosed with cancer in March 2021 and only this past August had talked openly about it – and what music means to him – to Zsolt Bognár on This Classical Life.

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Vogt appeared on the cover of Pianist issue 89. Inside, he said, "The key transfer, for pianists, is to sing, to sound like a singer or string or wind player. My approach to the keys is anyway quite 'loving', trying to be in tender contact with them, definitely not vertical – and even when it is vertical, trying to get the sound out of the keyboard rather than into it."

You can read the full interview here.

Main image: ©Giorgia Bertazzi