The world-renowned French sisters Katia (b. 1950) and Marielle (b. 1952) Labèque had their first piano lessons with their mother when they were young children. Both graduated from the Paris Conservatoire in 1968 and together focused on repertoire for four hands and two pianos.
Their first album, Les Visions de l’Amen, released in 1970, was a recording of Olivier Messiaen’s work by the same name overseen by the composer himself. In these early years, the sisters focused largely on contemporary music. Such composers as Luciano Berio, Michael Nyman, Louis Andriessen and Philippe Boesmans wrote works for them.
Their interests have evolved over the years, expanding in many directions. They have collaborated with Il Giardino Armonico and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and their repertoire includes jazz, pop and even experimental rock music.
Katia and Marielle Labèque have performed with the world’s leading conductors and symphony orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston and Chicago. T
hey made previous appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1985 and 1987.In February 2015 they performed Mozart´s Piano Concerto No. 22 with the orchestra, conducted by Semyon Bychkov.