About Ludovico Einaudi
Since he emerged with his first solo piano album in 1996, Italy’s Ludovico Einaudi has embraced a fresh pop-like concision and simplicity that have made him one of the most listened-to classical artists of the 21st century. Born in Turin in 1955, the pianist and composer embarked on a traditional trajectory in classical music, studying under the influential Luciano Berio at the Conservatory of Milan, but after being invited to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in 1982, where he discovered American minimalism, he began to incorporate stripped-down materials in his creative aesthetic. After spending much of that decade writing for dance, he demonstrated a curiosity in his own recordings that’s resided in his work since. His music maintained a gently meditative, melodic tenderness, but he expanded his palette to include outside contributions, whether the dolorous sound of Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan or the percolating electronics of Robert Lippok. In 2000 he traveled to Mali, where the cyclical qualities of African music began permeating his sound, both in his collaboration with the kora master Ballaké Sissoko on the 2003 album Diario Mali and on his solo recordings, which remain his primary outlet, whether in the form of translating sensations from long hikes on his seven-part 2019 project Seven Days Walking or his COVID-19 response 12 Songs From Home.
BORNNovember 23, 1955