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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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.” He has also been praised by the same publication for “moments of great beauty between thunderous outbursts.”

A subsequent New York appearance caused The New York Post to run the headline A Pianist of Virtuoso Caliber over an exuberant review. His engagements have included appearances as soloist with numerous ensembles including the Chattanooga and Houston Symphony Orchestras (as First Prize winner of the Ima Hogg/Houston Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition) and in recitals in such prestigious venues as Chicago's Ravinia Festival and Dame Myra Hess concert series, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Troy, NY), at Washington University in St. Louis, the Staatstheater Darmstadt (Germany), Midem classique (France), HKS Concert Hall in Taipei (Taiwan) the International Piano Festival Monterrey (Mexico) and in Hyderabad (India). Along with his pianist wife Hyunsoon Whang, he shared the unique honor of being invited by world famous pianist Alexis Weissenberg to premiere and record Weissenberg's original two piano accompanied score for the surrealistic musical Nostalgie. The work was premiered at the Staatstheater Darmstadt and recorded for the Arkadia label.

Thomas Labé's growing discography of internationally released recordings has garnered exceptional praise in such diverse publications as The Washington Post, Gramophone magazine, American Record Guide, CD Review (U.K.) and The Age (Australia). His debut release, The Virtuoso Johann Strauss (Dorian 80102), received a “Best of the Year” citation from the editors of H&B Recordings Direct. His most recent release, a recording of piano works by American composer Howard Hanson for the Naxos label (8.559047) was lauded in Classics Today: Thomas Labé plays as if his very life depended on it, totally in command, completely aware of the vital ‘ebb and flow’ of the music. The recorded sound is just short of demonstration caliber, too. All the pluses add up to a release that simply must be heard. He has also recorded chamber music with acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton-Pine, and their pairing in works of Liszt for the Dorian label (90251) was awarded an “A+ for artistic quality by Audio magazine which remarked: “Thomas Labé accompanies with great sensitivity and, just as often, with exceptional virtuosity. His playing in the Grand Duo Concertant, one of the most difficult pieces of its kind, is bold and authoritative. Labe's solo rendition of Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, which has to compete with recordings by every prominent pianist, is well interpreted and brilliantly executed.The Strad noted that you will have to go a long way to hear any of this material better played. Labé’s recordings are found with great frequency on the play lists of classical music stations the world over and as a recording industry professional, he is a voting member of The Recording Academy, taking part in the nomination and voting process for the Grammy Awards.

As a scholar he is involved in exploration of the piano repertoire, and has examined manuscripts and original documents of Schumann, Grieg (in Bergen, Norway), Liszt (in New York and Weimar, Germany), J.S. Bach (at Yale University and the British Library) and Howard Hanson (resulting in a world premiere recording of his piano works). His first publication as editor-in-chief, a landmark new edition of the Schumann Piano Concerto, was issued by Alfred Publishing Company in March 2003. It is the first critically revised two-piano score to be based on examination of the autograph manuscript (which until recently had been held in private hands) and the composer's own copy of the first printed edition.

He is currently Professor of Piano in the Department of Music at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma.
As a teacher he is engaged in developing and incorporating the latest and most relevating technology in the classroom and the online environment. He has won awards for his web-based techniques of presenting and teaching courses and recently gave a presentation on such techniques at 21st Century Learning's sixth annual conference "The Digital Emperative" a held at the Hong Kong Convention and Expo Center in December 2013.

 BIOGRAPHY

“A Pianist of Virtuoso Caliber”
~ The New York Post

“Moments of great beauty between thunderous outbursts”
~ The New York Times

“Thomas Labé plays as if his very life depended on it, totally in command, completely aware of the vital ‘ebb and flow’ of the music. The recorded sound is just short of demonstration caliber, too. All the pluses add up to a release that simply must be heard.”
~ Classics Today

“Thomas Labé accompanies with great sensitivity and, just as often, with exceptional virtuosity. His playing in the Grand Duo Concertant, one of the most difficult pieces of its kind, is bold and authoritative. Labe's solo rendition of Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, which has to compete with recordings by every prominent pianist, is well interpreted and brilliantly executed.”
~ Audio

“you will have to go a long way to hear any of this material better played.”
~ The Strad

“Here is a pianistic lion with such a roar that ladies will swoon, other pianists will curse, and labels will clamor to sign him. Thomas Labé is not yet a household name, but he quite soon could be.”
~ H&B Recordings Direct

“A dazzling trip to imperial Vienna ... The works on this recording are full of dazzling and effervescent effects that never fail to enchant. The performer's solid technical skills allow him to present his recital in an effortless and breezy manner.”
~ The Age (Australia)

“With this recording I am more convinced than ever that this pianist can play anything ... His Apollonian technique notwithstanding, these readings ennoble music, not mechanics.”
~ H&B Recordings Direct

“Une univers à découvrir.”
~ Piano Magazine (France)

 
 

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• At the Mido Cafe on Temple Street in Hong Kong
• Following a master class given at Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan

 

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

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VIDEOS
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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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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
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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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