Ludovico Einaudi (Turin, 1955) is one of the most appreciated and famous pianists worldwide. He started his career as a classical composer but since the beginning, he tried to incorporate different styles and genres such as pop, rock, and world music, to create songs and soundtracks famous internationally.
Einaudi started his musical career composing music for ballets, cinema, and theatre such as “Sul filo d’Orfeo” (1984), “Time out” (1988), “The wild man” (1991), “Salgari” (1995), and different songs for orchestras and ensembles performed at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at Lincoln Centre in New York.
After the publication of Stanze (1992), a collection of songs for Cecilia Chailly’s harp, Einaudi recorded and released his first solo album: Le Onde (1996). He took inspiration from Virginia Woolf’s novels and captivated the international public. His success was confirmed by the following albums: Eden Roc (1999), I giorni (2001) and Diario Mali (2003), recorded in collaboration with Ballaké Sissoko.
In the following years, Einaudi edited the soundtracks for numerous movies and tv series, among others the one for the remake of Dottor Zhivago (2002), which was acclaimed during the New York Film Festival, and the one for the internationally renowned movie Intouchables (2011).
Alongside these projects, Einaudi continued publishing numerous albums and performing in theatres all around the world, from La Scala to the Royal Albert Hall. With his albums, Una Mattina (2004) and Divenire (2006) Einaudi entered both classical and pop music charts.
In 2009 the pianist published for Ponderosa Music&Arts the album Cloudland and the following year the double live album The Royal Albert Hall Concert (2010), recorded during Einaudi’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
In 2011 and 2012 he directed a visionary performance of the Orchestra during the Notte della Taranta, while in 2013 he published In a time lapse, a reflection on the passing of time and «thought as a suite or the chapters of a unique novel» in which Einaudi blended the piano with strings, percussions, and electronics.
In 2014 Einaudi opened Piano City Milano with the concert Piano Africain composed for piano, balafon, and marimba.
After the release of Elements (2015), the Italian pianist started an international tour which offered him the possibility to play his song “Elegy for the Arctic” on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean. The following year, Einaudi started the annual event Dieci Notti: ten consecutive concerts at Teatro del Verme in Milan to «give back something to a city that has given me a lot».
In March 2019 Einaudi started Seven Days Walking, conceived as a unique album but published monthly split into seven “episodes” (Day One, Day Two, …, until Day Seven). Every episode is focused on some key themes that come back in a different way: seven variations around the same imaginary path or the same path traveled in seven different ways. In 2020, during the Covid-19 emergency, Einaudi published 12 Songs from Home, a collection of songs played at home, and subsequently Einaudi Undiscovered, a selection of unpublished tracks.
Ludovico Einaudi: A New Album Delving Into Free Space
More than 20 years have elapsed since the release of “I Giorni”, Ludovico Einaudi’s last piano solo album. In a sense, “Underwater”, his new album slated for release on January 21st with Decca Records, is a sort of return to origins for the Piedmontese pianist-composer, who for the occasion has gone back to the core of his own music.
Undiscovered and Movies, a Pairing Worth Discovering
As we wait to be delighted by his new composition, why not discover or rediscover Ludovico Einaudi’s previous two albums, released between 2020 and 2021?