By Chris Ruel
Pianist and host of Living the Classical Life Zsolt Bognár has created a GoFundMe fundraising campaign to assist the family of the German conductor and pianist Lars Vogt, who passed away on Sept. 5, 2022, at age 51.
On the GoFundMe page, Bognár stated, “Distinguished and beloved German pianist and conductor Lars Vogt passed away September 5, 2022 after a fight with cancer. He leaves behind a wife and very young children. Let’s help them cover expenses and provide for the future of the children, including education and living expenses at this difficult time. I will personally ensure that every last dollar/euro goes to the family.”
As of this writing, the initiative has raised $10,000.
In his obituary, OperaWire wrote the maestro was born in the German town of Düren in 1970 and first came to public attention when he won second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Piano Competition. He became an international pianist performing the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov, as well as 20th Century works by the likes of Lutosławski, among others. Vogt worked with dozens of the world’s most renowned orchestras and collaborated with major conductors like Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, and Robin Ticciati.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.