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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, 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 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 Antiqua Köln with Reinhard Goebel, and Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, and they recently toured with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle 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 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 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 repertory through meetings between artists of all fields. One of the recent projects of the Foundation was created on the music of famous Hollywood film composer Bernard Herrmann. Katia interpreted some of his film scores together with her rock band and the WDR orchestra, arranged by David Chalmin and commissioned by the orchestra.
In April 2015, they presented a new project around Moondog’s music, commissioned for King’s Place in London, in continuity to their work on Minimalist composers. They 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 choreography for seven 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 Double Concerto written for them, together with the LA Phil under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.