KATIA AND MARIELLE LABÈQUE
Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists renowned for their ensemble of synchronicity and energy. Daughters of Ada Cecchi (who was, herself, a pupil of Marguerite Long), Katia and Marielle had a childhood filled with music. 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 and Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Jarvi, Pavo Jarvi, 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 and recently toured with Age of Enlightenment & Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle had the privilege of working with MANY composers including Louis Andriessen, Thomas Ades, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philippe Boesmans, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen.
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, Ludwisburg, Mostly Mozart, The BBC Proms, Ravinia, Ruhr, Tanglewood and Salzburg. A record 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 “Medici” DVD
For their own label KML recordings, they have just released « Sisters » with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Autumn 2015 will see the release of the DVD from the documentary “The Labèque Way” produced by "El Deseo" (Pedro Almodovar) and filmed by Félix Cábez Previous released included a Gershwin Bernstein album, and their project « Minimalist Dream House « ( 50 years of minimalist music) inspired by the early 1961 concerts curated by La Monte Young at Yoko Ono’s downtown New York loft )
They have also launched the KML Foundation aimed at furthering research and developing awareness of the duo piano repertory through meetings between artists of all fields. One of the recent project of the Foundation was created on the music of famous hollywood movie composer Bernard Herrmann .Katia interpreted together with her rock band and the WDR orchestra some of his film scores , arranged by David Chalmin and commissioned by the orchestra.
In april 2015, they will present a new project around Moondog's music, commissioned for King's Place in London, in continuity to their work on Minimalist composers. They will perform together with the group UbuNoir.
In may 2015 the new piece Star-Cross'd Lovers written by David Chalmin will be premiered at the Paris Philharmonie. This original composition for two pianos, electric guitar and drums is based on the Shakespearean drama Romeo and Juliet. It will accompany a choreography for 7 dancers created by world renowned break-dancer Yaman Okur.
Also in may, they will perform in Los Angeles the world premiere of the new Philip Glass’ Concerto written for them , together with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
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KATIA LABÈQUE pianoforte
One of the most acclaimed musicians of our times has earned universal admiration for the extraordinary virtuosity and exceptional communicativeness of her concerts. Katia Labèque had a childhood full of music and its traditional studies were integrated in the lessons of her mother Ada Cecchi, a pupil of Margherite Long. Favoring her anticonformist spirit, Katia has an eclectic repertoire that ranges from Bach to contemporary avant-garde.
As a duo with her sister Marielle, she has made an important international career, and has been invited by the most prestigious orchestras, including Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago and Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra and Wiener Philharmoniker. The impressive itinerary has lead them on the stages of the most important festivals, from Berlin to Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, the Proms of London, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salisburg Easter Festival.
Besides the duo with her sister Marielle, in 2001 Katia Labèque created a new extraordinary duo with the violinist Viktoria Mullova, a duo that from the beginning received great success from the public and the critics: together they played at Carnegie Hall in New York, at Musikverein of Vienna, at Musikhalle of Hamburg, at the 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 Stravinskij (www.klmrecordings.com). In 2015 they will be touring again together in Italy and South America.
The passion for new music lead Katia to unite with the group of John McLaughlin and to participate in his world tour. Miles Davis dedicated two songs from his album in 1985 You're under arrest (Katia Prelude and Katia). In her new solo album "Shape of my heart", Katia Labèque collaborated with Sting, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, with Gonzalo Rubalcaba and David Chalmin. (KML 2119)
Recently their recording house, KML Recordings - founded to create a bridge between all styles of music and contemporary creation - published a CD with the new version of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's Westside Story, « Minimalist Dream House » inspired by the concerts of 1961 curated by Monte Young in Yoko Ono's loft, with a group of friends coming from rock, come together to celebrate this new revolutionary movement and its multiple influences. The most recent CD « Sisters » with her sister Marielle, was just released. (www.kmlrecordings.com)
They also launched the KML Foundation (www.fondazionekml.com) where they researched and developed the repertoire for two pianos with artists from all fields.
Currently Katia Labèque is working on the project « Star Cross’d Lovers » with breakdance choreographer Yaman Okur and composer David Chalmin for the Paris Philharmonie on the theme of « Romeo and Juliet »