Among the elite of Canadian pianists, Bruce Vogt is a unique and dynamic performer. He appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in 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; the grand piano on this recording was manufactured by the London Erard factory in 1864, and represents the standard of the piano-building art in the mid-nineteenth century. The instrument was restored by Marinus J. Van Prattenburg, who is highly respected worldwide as a restorer of historical pianos. Bruce's other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. He is also releasing two new recordings of the music of Franz Liszt to celebrate Liszt's bicentenary (2011).