Labèque Sisters

Brilliance and longing

Brilliance and longing Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey. Content supplied by Albion Media.

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.

“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.”
The Times

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.

Brilliance and longing Changing Faces: Stravinsky's Journey

13 April 7.30pm Royal Festival Hall

John Storgårds conductor
Katia Labèque 
piano
Marielle Labèque 
piano

London Philharmonic Orchestra

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