New Delhi: The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute bring together a concert by noted Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi on 4 April at Teen Murti Auditorium in New Delhi.
The piano maestro began his musical training at the Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, gaining a diploma in composition. Later, he studied with Luciano Berio. In 1982, he gained a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Einaudi developed his compositional style through a series of collaborative ventures in theatre and dance. The most significant works of this period Time-out (1988), a dance-theatre performance created in conjunction with the writer Andrea De Carlo and staged in Italy, Japan and the United States by the American ISO Dance Theatre company; Salgari (Per terra e per mare) (1995), an opera/ballet commissioned by the Arena di Verona with texts by Emilio Salgari, Rabindranath Tagore, Charles Duke Jr, first performed at the Arena with choreography by Daniel Ezralow and sets by the American Jerome Sirlin; and E.A. Poe (1997), conceived as a sound track for films from the silent era.
He made a significant impact in the film world, with four international awards to his name. 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.
In 2003, his concerts were sold out wherever he performed. In the same year, his disc Echoes (The Einaudi Collection) was released. This CD, a compilation of the most successful tracks on his early recordings, achieved sales figures of over 100,000.
Music gurus say he resurrected and modernised the persona of the pianist as performer of his own compositions.