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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, the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Filarmonia della Scala, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
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 Antiqua with Reinhard Goebel, and the Venice Baroque Orchestra with Andrea Marcon. They recently toured with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle.
Their North American engagements in the 2013/14 season include a return to the Hollywood Bowl, Toronto’s Summer Music Festival, and in the spring of 2014 a recital tour in which Bernstein’s West Side Story, in a special arrangement for two pianos and two percussionists, will be featured. During the fall they will make their first visit to Australia in recitals as well as orchestral concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
Katia and Marielle had the privilege of working with composers including Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philippe Boesmans, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen. In 2010, they premiered Nazareno, Osvaldo Golijov/Gonzalo Grau’s concerto for two pianos and orchestra, in Paris with Orchestre de Paris and Toronto with Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In November 2011, they premiered Richard Dubugnon’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, followed by performances in Paris with the Orchestre de Paris and Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra.
The Labèques have played in festivals and renowned venues worldwide, including the Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Musikhalle, Munich Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Scala, Berlin Philharmonie, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, Ludwigsburg, 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.
They recently released a new recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein’s West Side Story on their own label, KML Recordings. 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. 2012 highlights included the release of a documentary The Labèque Way, produced by El Deseo (Pedro Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez, and concerts in Vienna with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein with Semyon Bychkov conducting.
2013 saw the release of their new project, Minimalist Dream House, inspired by the early 1961 concerts curated by La Monte Young at Yoko Ono’s downtown New York loft. Musicians from the alternative rock and classical worlds came together to celebrate this revolutionary movement and its many waves of influence in the intervening 50 years. The three-CD set was released in February at the time of their series of concerts in Paris at La Cité de la Musique. For more information please visit labeque.com.