“The best piano duo in front of an audience today.” - The New York Times
“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 Labeque 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 have played with the most prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Filarmonia della Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Santa Cecilia and Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of John Adams ,Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Gimeno, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Pietari Inkinen, Louis Langrée, Zubin Mehta, Juanjo Mena, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Matthias Pintscher, Georges Pretre, Sir Simon Rattle, Santtu Matias Rouvali, Esa-Pekka Salonen, 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, Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon, Il Pomo d’Oro with Maxim Emelyanychev and also toured with The Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle have had the privilege of working with many composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, Nico Muhly and Olivier Messiaen. At Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles they presented the world premiere of Philip Glass’s new Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s concerto at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgards and the new concerto written by Nico Muhly “in Certain Circles” was world premiered by Orchestre de Paris with Maxim Emelyanychev at Philharmonie de Paris (2021) and New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden at Carnegie Hall for the american premiere (2022).
Another recent highlight was the tour with the Filarmonica Joven de Colombia under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, through Germany, Austria and Holland.
The Labeques play in festivals and renowned venues worldwide including the Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Musikhalle, Munich Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Scala, Berlin Philharmonie, Maison de la Radio in Paris, 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 Waldbuhne, now available on DVD (EuroArts). A record audience of more than 100,000 attended the Vienna Summer Night Concert in Schönbrunn (now available on CD and DVD by SONY). More than 1.5 million viewers followed the event worldwide on television.
They have created together with Bryce Dessner and David Chalmin the Dream House quartet touring USA in April 2023. Their project Electric Fields with Barbara Hannigan was premiered at Walt Disney Hall in November 2022 followed by concerts at Aix en Provence Festival and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
They are currently working on their next project Trilogie Cocteau/Glass with stage director Cyril Teste to be premiered in March 2024 at Paris Philharmonie followed by Bordeaux, Metz, Dublin and London Barbican.
In 2016 the Labèques’ label KML Recordings has joined the historical label Deutsche Grammophon and released five albums since then : “Invocations”, “Love Stories”,”Amoria“, “Moondog”, and”El Chan“dedicated entirely to American composer Bryce Dessner. In 2020 they released an cd dedicated to Philip Glass”Les Enfants Terribles".
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Photo Credit: © Umberto Nicoletti
Lugano, Dijon, Baden-Baden, Paris
Barbara Hannigan, David Chalmin, Netia Jones.
Music by Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Barbara Strozzi, David Chalmin and Bryce Dessner
At Philip Glass’s request, Michael Riesman, his longtime collaborator and arranger, did the arrangement of the opera ‘Les Enfants Terribles’ for Katia and Marielle in a suite for two pianos.