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, 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, and recently toured with The Age of Enlightenment & Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle have had the privilege of working with many composers including Louis Andriessen, Thomas Adès, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philippe Boesmans, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and 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 DVD (Medici).
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 Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez. Previous releases include 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 repertoire through meetings between artists of all fields. One of the Foundation’s recent projects was created on music of the famous Hollywood movie composer Bernard Herrmann. Together with her rock band and the WDR Orchestra, Katia interpreted 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. Later that month, in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Hall , they will give the world premiere of Philip Glass’s new Concerto written for them, with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.
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KATIA LABÈQUE pianoforte
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.
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 withthe 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 they will again be touring together in Italy and South America.
The passion for new music lead Katia to unite with John McLaughlin’s group and participate in his world tour. Miles Davis dedicated two songs to her on his 1985 album You're under arrest (‘Katia Prelude’ and ‘Katia’). In her new solo album Shape of my heart (KML 2119), she collaborated with Sting, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and David Chalmin.
Recently, their recording company, KML Recordings - founded to create a bridge between all styles of music and contemporary creation -, published a CD with new versions of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's West Side Story, Minimalist Dream House, inspired by the 1961 concerts curated by Monte Young in Yoko Ono's loft, with a group of friends coming from rock, coming together to celebrate this revolutionary new 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 two-piano repertoire with artists from all fields.
Currently, Katia Labèque is working on the project Star Cross’d Lovers with break-dance choreographer Yaman Okur and composer David Chalmin for the Paris Philharmonie on the theme of Romeo and Juliet.
In Los Angeles at Walt Disney Hall , she will give with her sister Marielle, the world premiere of Philip Glass’s new Concerto written for them, with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.