Great Artists Series 18-19: Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
May 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.
Edison Box Office: 314-935-6543
IGOR STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Etudes Nos. 17 et 18 (Marielle piano solo)
Etudes Nos. 19 et 20 (Katia piano solo)
Four Movements (2 pianos)
Recently announced to have joined the prestigious recording label Deutsche Grammophon, 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 of Europe and America with conductors including Semyon Bychkov, Lionel Bringuier, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kristjan Jarvi, Pavo Jarvi, 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. As well, they recently toured with Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle.
Given their commitment to contemporary music, Katia and Marielle have had the privilege of working with many composers including Louis Andriessen, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Philip Glass, Osvaldo Golijov, György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen. In May 2015 they presented the world premiere of Philip Glass' Concerto written for them with the LA Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.
The Labèques play in major festivals and venues worldwide. A record 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 EuroArts DVD. For their own label KML recordings, they have most recently released Sisters on KML Recordings which features a selection of musical pieces from their personal and professional lives. Their first release under the new DG agreement will be music of Stravinsky and Debussy at the end of 2016.
The Vienna Philharmonic's annual summer concert at Schoenbrunn in June 2016 in which they were soloists drew a crowd of 100,000 with an additional audience of 1.5 million TV viewers (now available on CD and DVD for Sony).
**Program subject to change.
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. www.missouriartscouncil.org