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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BrowserPoint: Presenting and Teaching from Dedicated Websites
STATUS: Presentation at the 21st Century Learning Sixth Annual Conference
held in Hong Kong on December 12-14, 2013
ABSTRACT: No matter how artful the backgrounds, animations and transitions may be, PowerPoint presentations are simply slide shows (as are other web platforms such as Prezi and SlideRocket) with all the limitations that come with presenting one slide after another. This presentation will show the basics of building websites that go beyond the limitations of PowerPoint slide shows and are optimized to display beautifully on the presentation screen and on personal computers, iPads and other devices.

Bach Plus One: The Solo Violin Works with the Accompaniments of Robert Schumann
STATUS: Lecture-recital given at Alethei University (Taipei, Taiwan) in May 2012

Performing Editions: A Relic of the Past or a Valuable Window Into Lost Performance Practices?
STATUS: Presentation at the International Conference on Music Editing and Editions on May 20, 2011 (Taipei, Taiwan)
ABSTRACT: All the rage at the turn of the twentieth century, so-called performing editions were meant to capture and communicate the interpretive vision of a great pianist. Their popularity was such that often the pianist-editor's name appeared in larger print on the frontispiece than that of the composer. Such editions took extensive liberty with the printed page, altering and/or adding dynamic, expressive and articulation markings at will. Their popularity began to wane with the advent of recording technology (which has made the interpretations of myriad pianists just a few clicks away) and the rise of modern scholarship. No serious pianist in the twenty-first century would consider learning from anything other than the most rigorous Urtext score available. Nevertheless, do these performing editions still have a value? Do they gives us a window in past performance practices, or better yet, takes us one step closer to the composers we most frequently perform?

Going to Plan B: Schumann's Virtuoso Aspirations and Career Altering Hand Injury - a lecture recital (presentation and supporting documents available at thomaslabe.com/research/schumann/lecture-recital.html)
STATUS: Presented at the American Liszt Society Annual Festival on April 9, 2010 (Lincoln, Nebraksa).

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16: A New Critically Revised Two Piano Edition (edited by Thomas Labé)
STATUS: Manuscript Completed
ABSTRACT: At the time of his death in 1907, Edvard Grieg was undertaking yet another set of revisions to his Piano Concerto in A Minor (the work on which he had established his worldwide fame) - a set of revisions which were never brought to completion. Ever since its premiere in 1869 Grieg had sought to improve the score. Only the first revision affected the solo piano part, which remained intact through all subsequent revisions, all of which focused on refining the orchestration (in the original version, the well known second theme of the first movement was given to the trumpet). Baseed on thorough examination of original source documents in the Grieg Collection now housed in the Bergen Public Library and other materials housed at Grieg's house in Troldhaugen (source materials which include the composer's own copies of all editions issued during his lifetime along with a fascinating copy of the Schumann Piano Concerto carried out in his own hand) this edition presents a revised score as close as possible in conception to Grieg's final vision of the work).

Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 [S. 514]: A New Critically Revised Edition (edited by Thomas Labé)
STATUS: In Preparation
ABSTRACT: Long considered to be a piano transcription of an already composed orchestral work (the second of the Zwei Episoden aus Lenaus Faust), examination of original source documents (including the earliest known manuscript for the piano version) proves conclusively that the piano version, if it did no precede the orchestral work (quite possible) was at least composed at the same time. This edition also includes variants found in the various manuscript sources along with the folio of additional material that can optionally be interpolated into the score (material that was likely composed during one of Liszt's master classes).


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.

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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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