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Bryce Dessner

Publisher: Chester Music

Concerto for Two Pianos (2017)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
Solo Instrument(s)
2 Pianos
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Programme Note
Bryce Dessner Concerto for Two Pianos (2017)
I first met Katia and Marielle Labèque during
rehearsals for a concert we shared with the Los Angeles
Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel several years ago.
The LA Philharmonic was premiering a recent orchestral
work of mine, paired with Katia and Marielle performing
Philip Glass’s Concerto for Two Pianos. During that week
in Los Angeles I became acquainted with their incredible
playing and profoundly open and inspiring musical
universe. I had also recently moved to Paris, and Katia
and Marielle would quickly become a second family to
me in France. Soon after that we started planning our
future collaboration, which has now materialised with
this new Concerto for Two Pianos.
My new work for Katia, Marielle and the London
Philharmonic Orchestra was composed throughout
2017, with a large portion of the development taking
place in Katia and Marielle’s piano studio on Rue
Quincampoix in Paris and their house on the Basque
coast where they spend most of the summer. I spent
a lot of time familiarising myself with the repertoire
they have performed over the years, and doing research
on the deeply personal and intertwined musical
history and style that they share. I also shared the score
with them several times as it developed, to get their
feedback and to be sure the ideas were translating well
to the piano. I had previously composed a 20-minute
piano duo for them in 2015 called El Chan, which they
have toured extensively and now recorded for future
release. Working on this first duo piece together was
a great learning experience for me, in shaping how to
address the challenges of writing for two pianos. My
new Concerto is a tribute to two great musicians who I
am honoured to work with and who I am even luckier
to call my friends.
- Bryce Dessner, April 2018

  • 16 JUN 2018
    Concerto for Two Pianos Country Premiere
    Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany
    Dresden Philharmonic
    Katia Labeque, piano; Marielle Labeque, piano; Juanjo Mena, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 June - Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany
  • 13 APR 2018
    Concerto for Two Pianos World Premiere
    Royal Festival Hall, London, UK
    London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Katia Labeque, piano; Marielle Labeque, piano; John Storgårds, conductor

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