Great Artists Series 18-19: Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos

“Whether Mozart or Stravinsky, their musical line always sounds as if its being woven for the very first time... But the illusion of improvisation is the genius of their performances.” - THE TIMES

Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos 

May 5, 2019 at 7:00 P.M.

Edison Box Office: 314-935-6543


CLAUDE DEBUSSY  Épigraphes antiques

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)


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 such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonia della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Marin Alsop, Alain Altinoglu, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Gimeno, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Zubin Mehta, Juanjo Mena, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Matthias Pintscher, Georges Pretre, 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, il Pomo d’oro with Maxim Emelyanichev and also toured with The Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle. They will be on stage once more with Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini in 2019.

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, 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. Last spring also saw the world premiere of Bryce Dessner’s concerto at Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and John Storgards.

The Labèques play in festivals and renowned venues worldwide including the Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Musikhalle, Munich Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, La Scala, Berlin Philharmonie, 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 Waldbühne, now available on DVD (EuroArts). A record audience of more than 100,000 attended the Vienna Summer Night Concert in Schonbrunn (now available on CD and DVD by SONY). More than 1.5 million viewers followed the event worldwide on television.

For their own label KML recordings, they have released a CD box Sisters (2014). Previous releases include a Gershwin-Bernstein album, and their project Minimalist Dream House (50 years of minimalist music). The DVD “The Labeque Way, a letter to Katia and Marielle by Alessandro Baricco” produced by El Deseo (Pedro and Augustin Almodovar) and filmed by Felix Cabez is released by EuroArts. Their biography, “Une vie a quatre mains” by Renaud Machart is published by Buchet-Chastel.

The Labèques’ label KML Recordings joined the historical label Deutsche Grammophon, their first collaboration being Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring” and Debussy's  “Epigraphes Antiques”, followed by “Love Stories” with music by Leonard Bernstein and David Chalmin. They just released two new CD’s: “Amoria”, a journey to their Basque roots covering five centuries of music interpreting repertoire which gathers works by Basque composers dating from the Renaissance to the present day. “Amoria” (“love” in Euskara) dives at the heart of Basque culture with composers who managed to blend popular folklore with academic music. The other CD, “Moondog”, is a tribute to Louis Thomas Hardin, one of the true geniuses of his time.

This year included performances with the New York Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden, Vienna Konzerthaus with Camerata Salzburg, Elb Philharmonie Hamburg with Bryce Dessner’s new piece “El Chan”, a European tour with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov, Easter Festival Salzburg with Dresden Staatskapelle, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Berlin Philharmonie. At the invitation of the Philharmonie Hall in Paris, attention will be focused on their new projects of a period of three days in April, 2019 followed by return visits to the New York Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra which will include a special program for families and a recital in St. Louis.

**Program subject to change.

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.