Ludovico Einaudi, composer and pianist.
His music is rooted in the classical tradition with the addition of elements derived from pop, rock, folk and contemporary.
His melodies, deeply evocative of great emotional impact, have made him one of today’s most popular artists and requested the European scene.
Following his latest album, Becoming (Decca 2006 Gold Disc in Italy), he did a European tour of over 80 concerts, culminating in November 2007 with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in front of 4000 people.
Born in Turin on 23 November 1955, he graduated in composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, and he studied under the guidance of Luciano Berio.
In the late eighties through a period of experimentation and research, during which he began working with theater and dance.
In 1990 public ‘rooms’, 16 electric harp compositions interpreted by Cecilia Chailly. The album was also released in England: it is said that when the BBC aired a few songs, the British secretary went haywire issuer to respond to listeners who wanted to know who was the author.
But it’s the album ‘Waves’ (1996) which represents the real turning point in his career.
With ‘Waves’ Einaudi composes and plays a cycle of ballades for piano inspired by the novel by Virginia Woolf. The album, focusing on the circular sound, enveloping and minimalist who will become the figure of his style, will be published a few years later in the United Kingdom, receiving unanimous acclaim from audiences and critics.
Meanwhile, the director Nanni Moretti chooses some songs for his film in April, to be followed by a series of successful and award-winning collaborations with cinema, including “Out of the World” (Echo Klassik Preis) and “Light of My Eyes” ( Italian Music Awards), Giuseppe Piccioni, “Dr Zhivago” (Word Gold Medal New York Film Festival), by Giacomo Campiotti, “Under False Name” (Best Filmscore Avignon Festival), Roberto went up to the latest This is England (Music Nomination BIFA), the Englishman Shane Meadows.
The long-awaited sequel to “The Waves” is titled ‘Eden Roc’ (1999) and Einaudi sought the instrumental song started earlier, with the addition of a string quintet and the collaboration with the great Armenian musician Djivan Gasparijan.
The end of 2001 is the time to ‘The Days’, another collection of pieces for solo piano, on the heels of a trip to Mali – land of storytellers and ancient traditions MUSICAL during which Einaudi met the master of the kora player Toumani Diabate. The album has its lightness, but at the same time is rich and deep. linear melodies, so suggestive as to be ancestral, already exist within each of us.
Mali will return in January 2003, to participate in the third edition of the ‘Festival au Desert. This time to bring it back in Africa is Ballaké Sissoko, another giant of the kora.
A Part of the performance, ‘Chameaux’, will be included in the live album ‘Le Festival au Desert’.
Einaudi reciprocate the hospitality by inviting Sissoko to Italy for a series of concerts and to record the album ‘Diario Mali’.
2003 is characterized by precise ‘sold out’ in Italy and abroad. Starting from Britain, where in the meantime out ‘Echoes (The Einaudi Collection)’, a collection of his achievements, which will exceed the 100,000 copies sold.
In the same year in the program of La Scala in Milan, where he recorded the double live ‘LaScala: Concert 03 03 03’, which contains all of the most successful pieces and also a tribute to rock with a version of “Lady Jane” of Rolling Stones.
When hitting ‘One morning’, the first album signed with Decca, in autumn 2004, it leapt immediately to the top of the British charts of classical music.
To hit the mark are the wave tunes on the move, including sudden acceleration and equally sudden suspension, never as solar and ‘positive’.
Since that time, Einaudi began a successful tour and almost infinite, which took him around Europe, offering ideas for new and ever more stimulating collaborations, poised between classical and avant-garde sounds, ethnic and electronic influences.
In 2007 he joined a humanitarian project for the collection of funds for the construction of water wells in Africa, run by Ali 2000 / Onlus.
In 2008 concert engagements in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, India, the US and Japan.
The music of composer / pianist Ludovico Einaudi Has Been described as minimalist, classical, ambient, contemporary and deeply touchingÖ the welcome sound of stillness in a hectic world.
Week after week, His hauntingly beautiful and evocative music has kept him among the best-selling and most requested recording artists (in the UK and Italy in Particular).
Born in Turin, the pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi trained at the Conservatory in Milan, then continued His studies under the guidance of Luciano Berio.
Einaudiís music Began to assume its own unmistakeable character towards the end of the 1980s, as he absorbed elements derived from popular music. Around this time he first Became Involved in collaborative ventures in theater, video and dance. These included compositions for the ballets Sul filo díOrfeo (1984), The Wild Man (1990) and The Emperor (1991); Time Out (1988), a dance-theater performance created in conjunction with the writer Andrea De Carlo and staged in Italy, Japan and the United States by the American company ISO Dance Theatre; Salgari (For land and sea) (1995), an opera / ballet commissioned by the Arena di Verona with texts by Emilio Salgari, Rabindranath Tagore, Charles Duke Jr., first performed at the Arena with choreography by Daniel Ezralow and sets by the American Jerome Sirlin; and E.A. Poe (1997), conceived as a sound track for films from the silent era.
Einaudi latest album, One Morning, Has Been released in 2004 for Decca.
The album Waves (1996, BMG), was a turning point in Ludovico Einaudiís career ñ His First real work as a soloist. It is true That Bedrooms (1990) had included 16 of His compositions, but they Had Been performed by Cecilia Chailly, one of the first musicians to take up the challenge of the electric harp. With Waves, Einaudi put together a cycle of ballades for piano (performed by the author) inspired by Virginia Woolfís novel The Waves, in cui the waves are a symbol of life itself. The recording was released a couple of years later in the United Kingdom, eventually receiving acclaim from general public and critics alike, with a little help from Classic FM.
The long-awaited sequel arrived in 1999. Entitled Eden Roc (BMG). Iin a way, it explores in greater depth the themes raised in my earlier works, Rooms and Waves. It takes in internships Further the experiment of defining a kind of suite, creating shorter pieces, akin to instrumental songs, but always linked to an overall project.î Eden Roc is a recording with obvious ëinner tensionsí, less static and freer than earlier works. Einaudi Collaborated with the Armenian Djivan Gasparijan, a past master of the duduk (a kind of small oboe made of apricot wood) Ito emphasise the popular (and traditional) roots of areas such as the Caucasus or the Balkans, Which are closely connected than blackberries one would think with the Mediterraneanî.
The end of 2001 saw the release of The Days (BMG) ñ a dozen pieces for solo piano, composed as deliberate snapshots of the creativity of a musician who has Achieved full freedom of expression. They Constitute I’a kind of musical thinking process and / or a spiritual piece of embroideryî, inspired by His travels in Africa. Ione day, a little while needle During a trip to Mali, I was traveling by car with a friend, Toumani Diabate, a virtuoso performer on the kora (the typical Malian harp), When suddenly I heard the most enchanting music. An ancient melody from the thirteenth century. When I got home and was making my new recording, I Began to improvise With That sweet, melancholy music in mind, and so I fought off my longing for Africa.î
This was the genesis of an album Involving a long process of reflection. (IWhen I wrote, I need to improvise, î Explains Einaudi, ìbut Also to meditate for a long time on what I am writing. The progress on two apparently antithetical levels: I created a great diversity of styles then, at a later stage, I review it all with a rational ear.î). The result was yet another performance of great emotional intensity, quite unconnected with the concept of a sound track.
ìFive years after The waves, again I DECIDED to create only work for piano; after experimenting with various things, I wanted to get back to the solitary dimension. It is a kind of suite of pieces in the form of an instrumental song. Although each piece has a meaning of its own, they are linked by a general idea of musical and accountability by melodic, harmonic and thematic references. You need to listen to the whole album to get the full message.î
For Einaudi, it is now a time to take stock: ìAbout ten years ago, after many years composing for various instrumental groups, I Began to feel a desire to play my own music in live settings. Being restricted to writing in isolation in a studio Seemed too abstract and distant a way of working. I felt the need for a close relationship with blackberries Both music and audience. I needed to check out personally the meaning of what I was doing, find a direct channel of communication with the public, be at the center of the magic and emotion That can be created only During a live performance. Basically, These were my Reasons for beginning to do concerts, rather in the spirit of someone singing His own songs. In the piano, I have found a home That I feel I have built with my own hands, designing the rooms one by one and carefully choosing the materials and furnishings, with freedom to include the essence of all my past experiences and the things I have you see it
Ludovico Einaudi Also has an intense and fruitful career composing music for the film. He Began with two films made by Michele Sordillo: Somewhere in town ‡ (1994) and Aquarium (1996), For which he was AWARDED Grolla Dioro for the best sound track. He continued in 1998 with train of cream, the only film made by Andrea De Carlo. In the same year, he composed the sound track for odd days by Dominick Tambasco, then making His debut, while some extracts from Waves (Waves, Shadows and popular song) were included in April by Nanni Moretti.
2000 was a breakthrough year. As well as collaborating with Antonello Grimaldi on A crime impossible, he composed the original sound track for Giuseppe Piccioniís Outside World, film nominated for an Oscar, For which, in 2002, Einaudi won the coveted ëEcho klassikí award in Germany.
Einaudiís collaboration with Piccioni was repeated the Following year with Light of my eyes, judged as having the best sound track at the 2002 Italian music awards. Also he composed the music for Francesca Comenciniís the words of my father and Maria Iliouís Alexandria, both of Which were released in 2001.
2002 will be remembered for the sound track of Zhivago, a television film based on Boris Pasternakís famous novel, Which Was directed by Giacomo Campiotti, produced in the United Kingdom and broadcast all over the world.
It is worth Mentioning That The dark line (a piece from The waves) is included in the sound track of Chemical Hunger, a film made independently in Milan in 1993 by Paolo Vari and Antonio Bocola. Einaudiís most recent sound track, for Roberto AndÚís Under an assumed name, came out at the beginning of 2004 and won the prize for Best Filmscore at the Avignon Festival in France.