Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian Pianist and Composer. He is most famous for his film compositions, namely his film score for the historic TV Serial, Doctor Zhivago.
Ludovico Einaudi was born on November 23, 1955 in Turin, Italy. Einaudi was a grandchild to the President of Italy, Luigi Einaudi. He was exposed to music at a very early age. His mother was an esteemed pianist, and as a teenager, Einaudi spent plenty of time playing classical guitar. However, Einaudi’s professional training in music started at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Italy, from where he earned a diploma in composition in 1982. Einaudi also took private lessons in orchestration from the Italian Composer, Luciano Berio. Einaudi’s studies with Berio led to him winning a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival, a move that proved crucial to his career. Subsequent to the Festival, Einaudi performed at other prestigious gatherings, including the Teatro alla Scala, the Lincoln Center, and the UCLA Center for Performing Arts, thus, boosting the strength of his repertoire whilst garnering international acclaim. In 1984, Einaudi also performed at the Sul Filo d’Orfeo, which included many of his early dance and theatre compositions.
In 1988, Einaudi released his first recording with BMG Recordings, titled “Time Out”. He then worked part time with Italian Writer Andrea De Carlo for a dance theatre piece. He also composed music for two ballet pieces, namely “The Wild Man” in 1990, and “The Emperor” in 1991. His next recording was a harp themed album which was titled “Stanze”, and was released in 1992. Einaudi then started on his next collaborative project with the Arena di Verona for an opera titled “Salgari” in 1995. Einaudi then released a piano work in 1996 titled “Le Onde” and he followed it up with a piano and string collection titled “Eden Roc” in 1999.
Einaudi started composing soundtracks for films as early as 1994. His first films were “Di Qualche Parte in citta”, “Acquario”, Giorno Dispari” and “Treno di Panna”. He also wrote the soundtrack to an Oscar Nominated movie titled “Fuori del mondo”. Then, in 2002, he was called up to write the score for the highly anticipated TV serial, “Doctor Zhivago”. He then received an award at the Avignon Film Festival for his breathtaking score for Sotto Falso Nome in 2004. He also wrote the score for the science fiction broadcast “Mission: Saturn” in 2004. Perhaps his most important film score for Hollywood was for the highly successful 2010 movie, “Black Swan”. He also wrote the scores for “Insidious”, “Intouchables”, and the English drama series, “This is England”. Some of his works were also featured by Casey Affleck in his film titled “I’m Still Here”.
Einaudi’s most recent work was for Procter and Gamble’s Commercial for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Since the 2000s, he has released plenty of solo albums to complement his film scoring career. These included “I Giorni” from 2001, which many claim to be his best album. “La Scala Concert 03.03.03” which was a live concert album from 2003, “Una Mattina” from 2004, “Divenire” from 2006, “Cloudland” from 2009, and the highly celebrated album, “Nightbook”, from 2009. In 2013, he released a highly successful album which was titled “In a Time Lapse”. The album reached No.5 on the FIMI Albums Chart and No.6 on the Classical Albums Chart.