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 worldwide performance career.
They are regular guests with prestigious European and American orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, John Eliot Gardiner, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Jaap van Zweden.
The 2017–18 season includes performances with the New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with Bryce Dessner, a European tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, and Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle. The duo will also perform Bryce Dessner’s new concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony, among others.
Katia and Marielle Labèque have worked with numerous composers including Thomas Adès, Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, and Olivier Messiaen. In May 2015 they presented the World Premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos — which was written for them — with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel. In addition to the new concerto written for them by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly is also preparing a new work for them, to be ready in 2019.
For their own label, KML recordings, they released Sisters (2014), with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. The DVD of the documentary The Labèque Way, produced by “El Deseo” (Pedro Almodóvar) and filmed by Félix Cábez, was released in fall 2015. Previous releases include an album of works by Gershwin and Bernstein, and their project Minimalist Dream House, which looks at 50 years of minimalist music. The Labeques’ KML Recordings recently joined Deutsche Grammophon; their most recent record is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Debussy’s Epigraphes Antiques. Their next album, Moondog Minimalist Dream House, is set for spring 2018.