Past Performing Arts | Music

Katia and Marielle Labèque

The Labèque Sisters seated in front of two pianos

Witness flawless musical virtuosity as sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque grace the stage at Mershon Auditorium with a double piano recital.

For this engagement, the sisters will present a special recital beginning with El Chan from American composer Bryce Dessner, founder and guitarist of the rock band The National, followed by the five-movement Ma mère l'Oye by French composer Maurice Ravel. The evening concludes with Philip Glass’s suite Les enfants terribles.

The French siblings, known for their dynamic performances of pieces composed specifically for duo piano, are perhaps even more renowned for their own interpretations of various classical works. Recognized for their combination of synchronicity and energy, the Labèque sisters have expanded the possibilities for the double piano form with an intuitive connection honed by five decades of playing together.

Having worked through traditional classical, Romantic, Baroque, and 20th-century modernism since the 1970s, the sisters have more recently immersed themselves in contemporary experimentation. The 2013 album Minimalist Dream House saw them playing compositions by Aphex Twin, Radiohead, and Brian Eno alongside minimalist classics by Glass, Terry Riley, and Arvo Pärt.

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"The best piano duo in front of an audience today."
New York Times
The Labèque Sisters seated in front of two pianos

The Labèque Sisters | Photo by Stefania Paparelli

The Labèque Sisters in profile

The Labèque Sisters | Photo by Umberto Nicoletti

The Labèque Sisters dressed in all black standing in front of a piano

The Labèque Sisters | Photo by Umberto Nicoletti

The Labèque Sisters seated on a cement step in front of a piano

The Labèque Sisters | Photo by Umberto Nicoletti

The Labèque Sisters embracing one another

The Labèque Sisters | Photo by Stefania Paparelli

About the artists

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Katia and Marielle Labèque are sibling pianists whose musical ambitions started at an early age. 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 Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Marin Alsop.

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Katia and Marielle Labèque