“The best piano duo in front of an audience today”
New York Times
“Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if it’s being woven for the very first time... But the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances. In all their recordings there is a deceptive sprezzatura that is born of throwing the preparation to the winds and hanging onto each others ears.”
Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Their musical ambitions started at an early age and they rose to international fame with their contemporary rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (one of the first gold records in classical music) and have since
developed a stunning career with performances worldwide.
They are regular guests with the most prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonia della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, Lionel Bringuier, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and Jaap van Zweden.
They have appeared with Baroque music ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini, Musica Antica with Reinhard Goebel and Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, il Pomo d’Oro and also toured with The Age of Enlightenment & Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle have had the privilege of working with many composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen. On the 26th May 2015 Katia and Marielle gave in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Hall the world premiere of Philip Glass’s new Concerto (written for them) together with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. New concertos by Bryce Dessner and Nico Muhly , written specially for the piano duo, will be ready in 2018 and 2019.
The Labèques play in festivals and renowned venues worldwide including the Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Musikhalle, Munich Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Scala, Berlin Philharmonie, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, BBC Proms, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Salzburg. An audience of more than 33,000 attended a gala concert with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at Berlin’s Waldbühne, now available on DVD (EuroArts).For their own label, KML recordings, they have released in 2014 the CD Sisters with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Previous releases include a Gershwin/Bernstein album, and their project Minimalist Dream House (50 years of Minimalist music).
Next DVD release in collaboration with Euroarts was in spring 2017 ; “The Labèque Way, a letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco“ produced by El Deseo (Pedro and Augustin Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez.
The biography "Une vie à quatre mains" by Renaud Machart is published by Buchet-Chastel.
Katia and Marielle Labèque also launched the KML Foundation, aimed at furthering research and developing awareness of the duo piano repertoire through meetings between artists of all fields. One of the Foundation latest projects is a concert around Moondog's music, in collaboration with Kings Place in London, in continuity to their work on Minimalist composers.
Labèque’s label KML Recordings joined the historical label Deutsche Grammophon. Their recent record with Deutsche Grammophon is Stravinsky's “ Rite of Spring” and Debussy's “Epigraphes Antiques” and their next album « Moondog Minimalist Dream House » will be released in spring 2018.
A record audience of more then 100.000 attended the Vienna Summer Night Concert in Schönbrunn (now available on CD and DVD by Sony . More then 1,5 Milliard viewer followed the event worldwide on the TV.
Next season includes performances with New York Philharmonie with Jaap van Zweden, Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg , Elb Philharmonie Hamburg with Bryce Dessner new piece « El Chan » , an European tour with Concergebouw Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov , Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle, and the creation of Bryce Dessner’s concerto with the London Philharmonic orchestra , Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonie, San Francisco Symphony among others
One of the most acclaimed musicians of our time, Katia Labèque has earned universal admiration for her extraordinary virtuosity and exceptional communicativeness in concert. Katia Labèque‘s childhood was full of music and traditional studies were integrated in the lessons by her mother, Ada Cecchi, a pupil of Marguerite Long. Favoring her anti-conformist spirit, Katia has an eclectic repertoire that ranges from Bach to contemporary avant-garde.
As a duo with her sister Marielle, she has had an important international career, invited by the most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the symphony orchestras of Boston and Chicago, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, and Wiener Philharmoniker. The impressive itinerary has taken them to the most important festivals, from Berlin to Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, the Proms of London, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg Easter Festival.An audience of more than 33,000 attended a gala concert with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at Berlin’s Waldbühne, now available on DVD (EuroArts).
Katia had the privilege of working with many composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti and Olivier Messiaen. On the 26th May 2015 Katia and Marielle gave in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Hall the world premiere of Philip Glass’s new Concerto (written for them) together with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. A new concerto by Bryce Dessner, written specially for the piano duo, will be ready in 2018.
Her own label, KML recordings, have released in 2014 the CD Sisters with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Next release will be the DVD The Labèque Way, a letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco produced by El Deseo (Pedro and Augustin Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez. Previous releases include a Gershwin/Bernstein album, and their project Minimalist Dream House (50 years of Minimalist music)
Besides the duo with her sister, in 2001 Katia Labèque created an extraordinary new duo with the violinist Viktoria Mullova, which, from the beginning, enjoyed great success with the public and critics: together they have played at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, Musikhalle of Hamburg, Munich Philharmonic and again in Lucerne, Paris, Belgrade, Athens, Rome, Florence, London, etc. and recorded a CD Récital (KLM 1110/Onyx 4015) with the music of Schubert, Ravel and Stravinsky(www.klmrecordings.com). In 2015/16 they will again be touring together in Italy ,South America, England, Germany, and Spain
In May 2015 the show Love Stories with the new piece Star-Cross'd Lovers by David Chalmin was premiered at the Paris Philharmonie. This original composition for two pianos, electric guitar and drums is based on the Shakespearean drama Romeo and Juliet. The choreography for 7 dancers is created by world-renowned break-dancer Yaman Okur (Madonna, Cirque du Soleil). They will present again this show in Paris in June 2016 at Chatelet, and they will tour in Europe in July and October 2016.
Katia’s most recent solo project « Moondog » took place in june 2016 at festival de Fourvieres in Lyon with band « Triple Sun » , with Paris Opera Ballet Etoile Marie Agnes Gillot and dancers Yaman Okur and Stephane Deheselle.
A record audience of more then 100.000 attended the Vienna Summer Night Concert 2016 in Schönbrunn,(now available on CD and DVD by Sony), where Katia and Marielle played with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. More then 1,5 Milliard viewer followed the concert worldwide on the TV.
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