Ludovico Einaudi was born on November 23, 1955 in Turin, Italy. His grandfather, Luigi Einaudi, was president of Italy from 1948 through 1955, the year Ludovico was born. As a child, his mother played piano to him. It was as a teenager that he began composing music. He wrote his first music while playing a folk guitar.
He studied music (piano) at Milan Conservatory. There, he studied under composer Luciano Berio. Einaudi began his career as a classical composer, but later would weave pop, rock, world music, and folk into his musical style. In the mid 1990’s, he began composing film soundtracks. Many film scores were arranged and performed by Einaudi: Intouchables, I’m Still Here, Doctor Zhivago, and Acquario, for example.
Two of his most notable solo albums are Giorni (2001) and Nighbook in 2009. Between 1998 and 2013, Einaudi has 21 soundtracks to his credit, along with 26 television and film scores. He is also credited with 11 albums, and a handful of television commercial scores.
Many of Ludovico’s piano compositions have won awards. “His music is ambient, meditative and often introspective, drawing on minimalism and contemporary pop” (Chester Novello, 1.12.2012). In January 2013, Ludovico Einaudi makes his home on a vineyard in the region of Piedmont, Italy.