Brief Biography: His phenomenal CD sales and ability to sell out major concert halls worldwide are confirmation that Einaudi is one of classical music’s success stories of recent years. After studying at the Conservatory in Milan, and subsequently with Berio, he spent several years composing in traditional forms. In the mid-1980s he began to search for a more personal expression in a series of works for dance and multimedia, and later for piano. His music is ambient, meditative and often introspective, drawing on minimalism, world music and contemporary pop. He has made a significant impact in the film world, with four international awards to his name. For a complete biography, click here.
|Key Works: |
(2002; piano, orchestra)
- Una Mattina
(2006; piano, strings)
|Career Highlights: |
- 1982 Diploma in Composition from Conservatorio Giuseppe in Milan
- 1982 received scholarship to Tanglewood festival, USA
- 1982 continued studies with Luciano Berio
- 2002 Italian award for Best Film Score for Luce dei miei occhi
- 2004 Una Mattina released by Universal records
- 2006 Divenire album released
- 2009 Nightbook album release and tour
Born in Turin in 1955, Einaudi studied piano and composition first at the Conservatory in Milan, and subsequently with the celebrated composer Luciano Berio. His composing career began with several chamber and orchestral compositions, which were performed at important international venues. In the mid-eighties, he began to search for a freer and more personal musical language, exploring this in a successful series of dance and multimedia works, and later on the piano with his own ensemble. The ambient and contemplative music he writes today is a fusion of eclectic styles, drawn from his studies in the minimalist avant-garde and collaborations with world musicians to rock groups such as Coldplay and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. His music speaks directly to a wide audience: his best-selling CDs remain high in the classical charts, and his piano recitals sell out the major concert halls in the UK, Italy and beyond. Einaudi was a relative latecomer to the world of film music in the mid-1990s. However, his distinctive style has ensured that his impact on the industry over the last decade has been significant, and the four international awards for his film scores to Michele Sordillo’ Acquario (1996), Giuseppe Piccioni’s Fuori del Mondo and Luce Dei Miei Occhi and Roberto Andò's Sotto Falso Nome have confirmed his fast-growing reputation. Most recently Einaudi’s music has been used in the Channel 4 series This is England ’86 and in American Airlines, Chivas Regal and Vodafone advertising campaigns. His latest album, Nightbook, was released in October 2009. Einaudi also recently composed the score to the 2010 film Das Ende ist mein Anfang (“The End is my Beginning”) directed by Jo Baier.