Bruce Vogt

A.R.C.T. (Toronto), B.Mus. (W.Ont.), M.Mus. (Toronto)
Professor
Piano, History of Keyboard Music, 19th-Century Performance Practices

MacLaurin Building (Music Wing)
By Appointment
bvogt@uvic.ca

Brief Biography

Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt appears regularly in concert, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, in Canada, England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, China, and Japan.

Born in Southern Ontario, Bruce completed his initial musical studies with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later he studied in the United States, England, Switzerland, and Italy, working with a number of celebrated musicians including Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong, and Dario de Rosa. Bruce Vogt's repertoire is extremely diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has consistently championed the music of contemporary composers, and has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also an enthusiastic and dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings (2003) features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. His other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. In 2011 — the bicentenary of the Liszt’s birth — he recorded two subsequent CDs of this great composer’s music.

In addition to his career as a piano soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Bruce Vogt is also Professor at the University of Victoria. Because he sees teaching and working with young pianists and with piano teachers as an important commitment, he makes himself available as much as possible for master classes, workshops, festival adjudications, and lectures.

For information about upcoming performances and other CDs, please refer to brucevogt.com.

Media reviews:

"RARE GRANDEUR...I have never heard [Liszt's] Norma Fantasy played with such consummate largesse...I was mesmerized by Vogt's sheer control. In Liszt's Dante Sonata the structure of the work was never exposed and the final triumph of the piece rang from the piano with spine chilling inevitability." The Times (London, UK)

"CONCERT OF THE YEAR...Splendidly subtle readings. Vogt made us listen to music that we might have missed, and some familiar items which we heard anew." Monday Magazine (Victoria)

"Le Piano Virtuose...the audience was literally enraptured." Le Republicain (Paris)

"Vogt's performance of Schoenberg's Three Piano Pieces, Opus 11 superbly captured the improvisatory character of the music." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)



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