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Duo Pianists the Labèques perform Poulenc piece with the HKPO

18 March 2009

Hong Kong, 18 March 2009 – Duo pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, hailed as “the best piano duet in front of an audience today” by The New York Times, will perform Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of David Atherton and Debussy’s En blanc et noir on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at 8pm at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall. The all-French programme also includes Berlioz’s Le Corsaire: overture and Franck’s Symphony in D minor.

Katia and Marielle Labèque
Nonconformist pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque’s repertoire includes a broad range of material, from Bach on period instruments to the 21st Century 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 etc. They have appeared with Baroque groups such as The English Baroque Soloists, Il Giardino Armonico and Musica Antiqua Köln. Their first recording for Philips, of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, received a Gold Disc immediately after its release.

In 2005 Katia and Marielle Labèque launched the KML Foundation, aimed at furthering research and developing awareness of the duo piano repertory through meetings between artists of all fields.

Francis Poulenc
The Concerto for Two Pianos in D minor had always been Poulenc’s first musical love. In 1932, he was invited to present a new work at the International Society for Contemporary Music’s festival held in Venice, he chose to write an informal concerto for two pianos which he could perform with his friend from childhood, Jacques Février. The première given with the La Scala Orchestra conducted by Desiré Defauw on 5th September 1932 was certainly an immediate success with the public.

Great Performers: The Labèque Sisters
Supported by: Alliance Française French Speaking Festival 2009

20 & 21-3-2009 Fri & Sat 8PM
Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$580 $440 $280 $180
Weekday 10% discount

Conductor: David Atherton
Piano: Marielle Labèque
Piano: Katia Labèque

BERLIOZ Le Corsaire: overture
POULENC Concerto for two pianos
DEBUSSY En blanc et noir
FRANCK Symphony in D minor

Free Pre-concert Talk
Time: 20/3/2009 Fri 7:15pm – 7:45pm (English)
21/3/2009 Sat 7:15pm - 7:45pm (Cantonese)
Venue: HK Cultural Centre Auditoria Building 4/F Foyer
Speaker: Prof. Helen Hon-Lun Yang
Associate Professor, Acting Head, Department of Music of the Hong Kong Baptist University

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The Labeque Sisters

Hailed as “one of Asia's top orchestras”, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is led by the internationally renowned Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Edo de Waart. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. In April 2006, The Swire Group Charitable Trust became the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s Principal Patron to enable Maestro de Waart’s artistic vision for the Orchestra to be realized. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances, including a series of outreach activities including the city’s largest outdoor symphonic concert in Happy Valley, Swire Symphony under the Stars. The Orchestra also builds its reputation and raises its artistic standards by touring. In 2007/08 season the Orchestra performed in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. Please visit for more information about the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.