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Ludovico Einaudi
Ludovico Einaudi - Biography
Torino, 1955

Due tramonti (1999)
for bassoon and piano
© Materiali Sonori

He graduated in composition at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of Milan under the guidance of Azio Corghi and subsequently completed his studies with Luciano Berio, working as his assistant on various musical and theatrical projects; he also obtained a study grant in 1982 for a period of residence at the Festival of Tanglewood (USA).

His first compositions, both chamber and symphonic, were played at leading international music institutions, including: Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Tanglewood Festival; IRCAM, Paris; St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (USA); Settembre Musica; UCLA Centre for Performing Arts; Budapest Music Festival, etc.
At the beginning of the Eighties, Einaudi started researching a freer language that could absorb different musical cultures and influences (including rock), recapturing their immediacy, emotive charge and sound impact and composing for the theatre, cinema, video and dance.

n 1988 he composed Time Out, a multimedia entertainment realized together with the writer Andrea De Carlo, who was responsible for the texts, and successfully staged by the American company ISO Dance Theater in Italy, United States and Japan.

After Time Out, Einaudi continued his collaboration with the dance, realizing The Wild Man for the Oregon Dance Company in 1990 and The Emperor, once again for the ISO Dance Theater, in 1991; the latter was premiered at the Lincoln Center of New York and was subsequently given also in Japan (Tokyo) and Israel.
In 1992 he wrote Stanze, a cycle of sixteen pieces for harp, followed in 1994 by Salgari, commissioned by the Arena of Verona and inspired by the life and works of the Veronese author, with texts selected by Andrea de Carlo, choreography by Daniel Ezralow and scenery and projections by Jerome Sirlin.

He has recently founded the Einaudi Electric Ensemble, a formation of five performers with a repertoire of his music in which he also plays the piano.

Updated to 02/2014