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These nonconformist pianists set upon repertoire from eclectic to the unexpected. Daughters of Ada Cecchi, a former student of Marguerite Long, Katia and Marielle Labèque's childhood was filled with music. From the onset, they dedicated themselves to contemporary music, including the work of composers such as Boulez, Berio, Ligeti and Messiaen. Their encounters with Luciano Berio left indelible impacts and encouraged her to be unimpeded to all styles of music. Their repertoire include a broad range of seemingly contradictory types of music, in which they move comfortably from Bach, Brahms, Liszt, Mozart, Stravinsky, Gershwin, Bernstein, Takemitsu, Lutoslawsky to the young contemporary composers.
They have a stunning career throughout the world and have been guests of the most prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonia, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Filarmonia della Scala, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Dresden Staatskapelle and Vienna Philharmonic. They have played under the direction of conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis, Charlie Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach and Michael Tilson Thomas. They are regular guests in Festivals as Berlin, Blossom, the Hollywood Bowl, Lucerne, Ludwisburg, Mostly Mozart New York, The Proms, Ravinia, Rheingau, Ruhr, Schleswig Holstein, Tanglewood, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Salzburg Easter Festival. For more information please visit their website www.labeque.com.
Katia and Marielle have appeared with Baroque musical groups such as Il Giardino Armonico directed by Giovanni Antonini , Musica Antiqua Köln directed by Reinhart Goebel and Venice Baroque directed by Andrea Marcon. For the Bach Centennial, their concert at the Vienna Musikverein with Il Giardino Armonico was televised worldwide by ORF and recorded on DVD.
Their first recording with Philips, of Gershwin´s Rhapsody in Blue, received a Gold Disc immediately after its release. Since then, Katia and Marielle Labèque have made numerous recordings for Philips, Sony and EMI.
They have now created their own record label "KML Records"and they are forming a creative alliance with newly launched Onyx classics label through which their records will be distributed
They are currently working on a CD/DVD project which is also part of their recently created "Foundation KML”. The goal of this foundation is the further research, development and advance of the awareness of repertoire for duo piano. The Foundation's principal aim is to develop an approach in fostering the encounter of all art performers, be they musicians, filmmakers or writers. Recently the foundation has been offered the artistic direction of the festival "Anima Mundi"in Pisa with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Please visit their website www.fondazionekml.com for more information.
One of their projects in this regard was a program especially for children. In June 2005 under the auspices of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation's program Zukunft@BPhil, which was brought into existence by Sir Simon Rattle.
Katia and Marielle celebrated in addition to the Zukunft@BPhil project, a huge success in performing with the Berlin Philharmonics at their closing Gala Concert at the Waldbühne with a record audience of 33,000 people. This concert was broadcasted worldwide on TV. Euroarts is planning to release it on DVD.
Added Aug. 2006