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'sRhapsody 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, SO des BayerischenRundfunks, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmoniadella Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden and the Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by 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 vanZweden.
They have appeared with Baroque music ensembles such as The English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Il GiardinoArmonico with Giovanni Antonini, MusicaAntica with Reinhard Goebel and Venice Baroque with Andrea Marcon,and recently toured withTheAge of Enlightenment & Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia andMariellehavehad the privilege of working with many composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti,andOlivier Messiaen.
The Labèquesplay in festivals and renownedvenuesworldwideincludingtheViennaMusikverein, HamburgMusikhalle, MunichPhilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Scala, Berlin Philharmonie, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl,Lucerne, BBC Proms, Ravinia, Tanglewood andSalzburg. A record audience of more than 33,000 attended a gala concert with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle atBerlin’s Waldbühne, now available on DVD(EuroArts).
For their own label,KML recordings, they have just released Sisterswith a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives.
In May 2015 the show “Love Stories” with the new pieceStar-Cross'd Lovers,written by David Chalmin, was premiered at theParis Philharmonie. This original composition for two pianos, electric guitar and drums is based on the Shakespearean dramaRomeo and Juliet. The choreography for 7 dancers is created by world-renowned break-dancer YamanOkur (Madonna, Cirque du Soleil). They will present again this show in Paris in June 2016 at Châtelet, and they will tour in July and October 2016.
On the 26th May 2015, they gave the world premiere of Philip Glass’snew Concerto, written for them,in Los Angeles at Walt Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
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