Ludovico Einaudi Live 2016
Ludovico was born in Turin, Italy and trained as a classical composer and pianist at the Milan
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.