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Katia Labèque
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One of the most acclaimed musicians of our time, Katia Labèque has earned universal admiration for her extraordinary virtuosity and exceptional communicativeness in concert. Katia Labèque‘s childhood was full of music and traditional studies were integrated in the lessons by her mother, Ada Cecchi, a pupil of Marguerite Long. Favoring her anti-conformist spirit, Katia has an eclectic repertoire that ranges from Bach to contemporary avant-garde.
As a duo with her sister Marielle, she has had an important international career, invited by the most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk, the symphony orchestras of Boston and Chicago, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, and Wiener Philharmoniker. The impressive itinerary has taken them to the most important festivals, from Berlin to Blossom, Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, the Proms of London, Ravinia, Tanglewood, Salzburg Easter Festival.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).
Katia 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. A new concerto by Bryce Dessner, written specially for the piano duo, will be ready in 2018.
Her own label, KML recordings, have released in 2014 the CD Sisters with a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Next release will be the DVD 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. Previous releases include a Gershwin/Bernstein album, and their project Minimalist Dream House (50 years of Minimalist music)
Besides the duo with her sister, in 2001 Katia Labèque created an extraordinary new duo with the violinist Viktoria Mullova, which, from the beginning, enjoyed great success with the public and critics: together they have played at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, Musikhalle of Hamburg, Munich Philharmonic and again in Lucerne, Paris, Belgrade, Athens, Rome, Florence, London, etc. and recorded a CD Récital (KLM 1110/Onyx 4015) with the music of Schubert, Ravel and Stravinsky( In 2015/16 they will again be touring together in Italy ,South America, England, Germany, and Spain
In May 2015 the show Love Stories with the new piece Star-Cross'd Lovers by David Chalmin was premiered at the Paris Philharmonie. This original composition for two pianos, electric guitar and drums is based on the Shakespearean drama Romeo and Juliet. The choreography for 7 dancers is created by world-renowned break-dancer Yaman Okur (Madonna, Cirque du Soleil). They will present again this show in Paris in June 2016 at Chatelet, and they will tour in Europe in July and October 2016.
Katia’s most recent solo project « Moondog » took place in june 2016 at festival de Fourvieres in Lyon with band « Triple Sun » , with Paris Opera Ballet Etoile Marie Agnes Gillot and dancers Yaman Okur and Stephane Deheselle.
A record audience of more then 100.000 attended the Vienna Summer Night Concert 2016 in Schönbrunn,(now available on CD and DVD by Sony), where Katia and Marielle played with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Semyon Bychkov. More then 1,5 Milliard viewer followed the concert worldwide on the TV.

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