BIOGRAPHY
The singular, compelling artistry of pianist Thomas Labé has been embraced by audiences and critics alike the world over. His 1987 debut at New York's Carnegie Hall (as First Prize winner of the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition) was singled out by The New York Times as "the most interesting among the week's debutantes."

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RECORDINGS
Thomas Labé's growing list of commercially released recordings has garnered exceptional praise in the international press including a "Best of the Year" citation for his debut recording, The Virtuoso Johann Strauss (1992). Click on any of the links below for complete information.

The Virtuoso Johann Strauss (1992)

Transcendental Bach (1994)

Liszt: Works for Violin and Piano (1997)

Howard Hanson: Works for Piano (2000)

Dedication: Music of Robert Schumann (2008)

Visions of Bach (2000) - compilation

Nostalgie: Original German Cast Recording (1992)
VIDEOS
Click here for complete information and links to videos by Thomas Labé ranging from perennial favorites like Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" to a world-premiere recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental Organ Prelude and Fugue in B Minor in a dazzling piano arrangement.

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THE LATEST
Periodic updates on upcoming performances, recordings,and a list of what's currently on the music stand.

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PUBLICATIONS
As a scholar of the piano repertoire, Thomas Labé has examined manuscripts and other source materials for composers ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Lionel Barrymore. His first publication as editor-in-chief, a landmark new edition of Robert Schumann's beloved Piano Concerto in A Minor ...

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RESEARCH
A periodically updated list of current research projects.

RESEARCH
READING LIST
Find out what's on the Maestro's most recent recommended reading list, and what's currently on the nightstand.

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SCHOLAR LINKS
A list of reliable and worthwhile links to libraries, archives, composer resources and more.

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  • HORSE LIFE

Horses came roaring into my life about eight years ago and they're here to stay! Whether charging over a course of fences, hacking around in the open pasture at sunset, or even grabbing a sandwich, a bag of carrots, and having "lunch" with the herd, I treasure the time I spend around these beautiful, amazing animals.

It all started when we signed our then eight year old daughter up for riding lessons one summer. After watching a few lessons I just had to ask the teacher if I could get up there as well. As it turns out, the classes for adults were on weekday mornings, which my schedule would not permit, so for several years my Sunday afternoons were given over to learning how to handle and ride a horse, all in the company of about six young girls (who seemed to have their most boisterous chuckle at the ready for any silly mistake I might make).

Eventually I started looking for a horse and was very fortunate to come across Limerick. He's a strapping 16.5 hand chesnut thoroughbred (he started his career on the racetrack) with an amazing demeanor and manners. We seemed to click from the beginning, and he was very patient with me while I was learning to ride (quite often, though not always, correcting my mistakes along the way). He now knows I can ride, so he's a lot less forgiving: the better I ride, the better he responds.

I had a defining moment last fall when I took him out for a ride in the open pasture at nightfall. I was a little bit hesitant as Limerick would be the only horse out there, and therefore on his highest state of alert (horses are much more at ease in a herd with many eyes and ears on the lookout for danger). We ended up having an amazing time, trotting all the way out to the fence line and then turning for home (the barn) which without exception, came with a familiar bob of the head and the amazing thrust from behind as Limerick broke into a gallop. Of course he spooked a few times, at everything from a spider web to a real snake, but he always took care of me. When it was over I really felt as though I had accomplished what I had set out to do, that was, to learn to handle and ride a horse. And those one-on-one rides we have in the pasture now always serve to cement the mutual trust that lies at the heart of a good relationship with a horse and good riding.

I've recently added a new adventure to my equine activities: assisting with therapeutic horseback riding ("hippotherapy"). This involves putting children and/or adults with physical, emotional and/or cognitive challenges on the back of a horse and helping them reap the benefits that come from both the physical and emotional connection with a horse.

RECIPES
Cooking is my favorite form of relaxation and has a lot in common with giving a musical performance - both involve preparation and presentation. Click on the links below to view the ever-expanding body of animated recipes.

RECIPES BY COURSE

RECIPES BY CUISINE

MOST RECENT
VIDEOS
From artisan pizza to a Chinese feast, the cooking videos are coming soon!

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KITCHEN GALLERY
Enter the gallery for photographs and information on some of my favorite kitchen gear. I'm not one for gadgets and gimmicks but this collection I find indispensable. Coming soon, cooking videos!

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FAVORITE COOKBOOKS
FOOD LINKS
A periodically updated collection of some of my favorite online haunts, from sources for professional ingredients to exotic, special interest or novelty food items.

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HORSE LIFE
Horses came roaring into my life about eight years ago and they're here to stay! Whether charging over a course of fences, hacking around in the open pasture at sunset, or even grabbing a sandwich, a bag of carrots, and having "lunch" with the herd ...

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GALLERY
Enter the gallery for pictures not only of my horse, but two dogs and a cow as well!

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VIDEOS
Videos of my horse in action.

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HORSE LINKS
Here are links to some of my favorite horse sites, for tack, apparel and more.

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