Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lars was introduced to the saxophone at the age of 10. After performing a duo TV show with famed Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Dietrich decided to pursue a career in music. At the age of fifteen he got accepted to study saxophone at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 after completing his Masters in Music degree in Amsterdam Lars received a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, Dietrich moved to New York and studied under Dick Oatts and David Liebman.
As a leader Dietrich released his well reviewed 2009 debut album 'Breek de Grond' and his 2011 Solo album 'Stand Alone'. Dietrich also co leads the band 'The Story', a collaborative group including Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone),John Escreet (Piano), Zack Lober (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums). Venues and festivals Dietrich performed at as a leader and with The Story include. The North Sea Jazz Festival, Town Hall, Iridium, Jazz Gallery, Bimhuis, 55Bar, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Carnegie Hall As well as tours throughout Canada, Europe and the United States and live radio broadcasts for CBC, VPRO With ‘The Story’ Lars gave clinics at Queens College, University of New Orleans, McGill University, Humber College, York College, Layola University. Next to his own band Lars also performed with Herbie Hancock, Dan Weiss, Jason Marsalis, Billy Hart, Ravi Coltrane, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, David Binney, Donny Mccasslin