Luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical and always supremely
refined the music and performance of Ludovico Einaudi have
attracted an ever growing audience over the last two decades
whose diversity and devotion are without parallel. He has released
a series of chart-topping albums , sells out the most prestigious
concert halls worldwide, composed a string of award-winning
film scores and routinely tops audience polls becoming an
internet phenomenon. With a unique musical alchemy that draws
on elements of classical, rock, electronica and world musics
he has rendered traditional ideas of genre and audience divide
obsolete and become not only one of the best known composers
in the world today but almost certainly the best loved too.
Ludovico was born in Turin, Italy and trained as a classical
composer and pianist at the Milan Conservatorio before
continuing his studies with Luciano Berio, one of the most
important composers of the twentieth century avant-garde.
His career began with a series of prestigious commissions
for institutions such as the USA’s Tanglewood Festival,
Paris’ IRCAM and recently the National Center of Performing Arts
of Beijing , but he turned away from what seemed a glittering
classical career to forge his own musical path,
giving him the freedom to reconcile his wider-ranging influences.
It was a bold strategy but one quickly rewarded, when Ludovico’s
electric harp suite ‘Stanze’ (1997) was first played on BBC Radio
the switchboard jammed with listeners. It was a similar story
with his next release ‘Le Onde’ (1998), a solo piano cycle
he performed himself. A listener-organised campaign made
it Ludovico’s breakthrough and a permanent fixture atop
the Classic FM charts. This upswell of grass roots activity,
snowballing with the onset of the internet and social media,
has allowed Ludovico to build a uniquely close relationship
directly with his audience.
Le Onde’ also ignited Ludovico’s career in Film & TV music and
he has since composed many awardwinning scores including
‘Doctor Zhivago’ (2002) and ‘Sotto Falso Nome’ (2004)
which also became successful albums in their own right.
In recent years Shane Meadows’ acclaimed film ‘This Is England’
(2006) and its television sequel ‘This Is England ‘86’ (2010)
have brought a BAFTA nomination for Ludovico and introduced
his music to a huge new audience. In 2011 another acclaimed
film used his music: “ Intouchables” by Olivier Nakache and Eric
Soledano. The film has been voted as the cultural event of 2011
in France and it has been submitted for the 85th Academy Award.
Ludovico built on the impact of ‘Le Onde’ with a series of albums
notable for their exuberant experimentation. ‘Eden Roc’ (1999)
saw an array of guest musicians and instruments ranging from
electric guitar to the Armenian duduk. ‘I Giorni’ (2001) deepened
this engagement with world music in Ludovico’s second collection
for solo piano. His ‘best of’ collection from these first four
albums ‘Echoes:
The Einaudi Collection’ (2003) has since gone to sell more
than 100,000 copies.
As Ludovico’s fame grew, his concert schedule naturally grew
along with it and became an increasingly important part of his life.
It immediately led to two new albums, Diario Mali (2005),
a collaboration with kora virtuoso Ballaké Sissoko and his
first live solo album ‘La Scala Concert 03.03.03’ (2003),
recorded in his adopted city of Milan.
The release of ‘Una Mattina’ (2004) saw more ‘firsts’, it was
Ludovico’s debut album on new and current record label
Universal and also his most ‘classical’ to date.
Largely written for solo piano, it leapt to the top of the UK Classical
album chart and gave him his first sold-out UK tour.
Now one of the most popular composers in the UK and throughout
Europe, at home Ludovico’s reputation scaled even loftier heights
and thus on May 26th, 2005 in Rome, Ludovico Einaudi was
awarded the ‘Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana’
(or ‘OMRI’) the senior order of Knighthood bestowed by
the Italian Republic.
The stage was set for ‘Divenire’ (2007) his most musically
ambitious album yet and his greatest commercial success to date.
‘Divenire’ gathered many of the musical ‘streams’ that had flowed
through Ludovico’s career and expanded on them with the
help of The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a
battery of digital effects.
On release it became a phenomenon, topping classical charts
throughout Europe and crashing the Italian pop charts.
With sales in excess of 300,000 copies and a BRIT awards
‘Album of the Year’ nomination, Ludovico embarked on his biggest
tour yet, 80 dates across Europe. One was captured for his
second live album ‘Live In Berlin’ (2008) and it all culminated
at a memorable concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
With people around the globe now clamoring to see him Ludovico
became a permanent fixture on the road, traveling to new
audiences in India, Japan and the USA. Along the way he formed
a collaboration with Robert Lippock of post-rock band
‘To Rococo Rot’ and the results would be heard in two albums
released in 2009, one featuring Ludovico as ‘band member’,
the other as a solo artist.
First was ‘Cloudland’ (2009) the debut from ‘Whitetree’
- comprising Ludovico on piano, Robert Lippok on electronics,
and Robert’s brother Ronald Lippok on drums - which has a sunny
African feel amid the cutting-edge electronics and percussion.
Nightbook’ (2009) Ludovico’s seventh solo album was a perfect
contrast. Meditative and introspective it charts an inward
voyage through dreams and the shadows of the psyche with
evocative use of electronics. Ludovico calls it his ‘Dark Side of The
Moon’ and though challenging it too found immediate resonance
with his audience who once again took Ludovico to the summit
of the charts and back into the concert halls.
The ‘Nightbook’ tour produced ‘The Royal Albert Hall Concert’
(2010) a double CD and DVD documenting Ludovico’s concert
at the venue in March 2010. Drawing on every part of a now
distinguished career, it shows a composer and performer at the
very height of his creative powers.
In 2010 and 2010 he has been invited to conduct the “Concertone”
of the Festival La Notte della Taranta in the Puglia region where
more than 100,000 people danced the whole night away.
A succesful tour also followed which included two sold out in
London at Barbican. The music has its roots in the wild dances
that were meant to ward off the effects of a tarantula bite, and
 Ludovico’s La Notte della Taranta Orchestra combines singers,
mandolin, virtuoso tambourines, percussion, accordion, strings,
organ and guitar in a mad profusion of exuberant music. Einaudi
has refreshed the tradition by rearranging the old songs, writing
new music, and inviting international guests such as The Turkish
multi-instrumentalist and DJ Mercan Dede, the greel singer
Savina Yannatou , Ballake Sissoko the Malian kora player and the
Guitarrist/composer Justin Adams and the Gambian griot Juldeh
Camara. In 2011 the collection “Island” which includes also some
unpublished works reached a terrific success.
The tour in the same year brought him also touring in Asia where
he performed in a series of sold out concerts in Japan, Thailand,
Vietnam, and twice in China.
Other Highlights of his activity in 2012 include: a performance
at BT River of Music in July, an acclaimed tribute to Luciano Berio
with his composition “The Elements” premiered in Rome in
September and his parecipation at the London Film Festival
in Oct 2012 playing at the projection of “This is England”
with live score. In November he has been awarded with the Premio
Vittorio De Sica from the President Giorgio Napolitano.
“In a Time Lapse” is the new album recorded in October 2012
in a Monastery near Verona. The cd will be released
in January 2013.
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