Esplanade Presents


Ludovico Einaudi


30 Jan 2024, Tue, 8pm

1hr 45mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Theatre

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Photo credit: Jamie Oriz

Beloved by millions over the world, Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi makes his long-awaited return to Esplanade after his sold-out Singapore debut in 2020. 

You know an artist has made an impact when they are referred to mononymously—and it’s safe to say that Einaudi can be included in this category. Across several decades, the contemporary classical icon has garnered millions of fans from the world over for his singular sound, an amalgamation of influences such as minimalism, neo-classical, pop and other experimental forms.

Having started his career in the 1980s as a composer for theatre and ballet, Einaudi began to gain more recognition for his work when he ventured into film soundtrack compositions in the 1990s, entering mainstream consciousness after award-winning films such as Les Intouchables. What remains the most compelling for listeners are his uniquely evocative original compositions, as evidenced by the success of his 2013 album, In A Time Lapse. In a testament to his timeless sound, the track Experience from this album found virality on the social media app TikTok in 2023. With multiple chart-topping albums and streams that count into the billions, Einaudi is undoubtedly one of the world’s best known classical music artists today.

In 2022, the composer released Underwater, his first solo piano album after more than 20 years. Comprising evocative, interior piano works, the album exactly reflects what many have felt during the pandemic—trapped, lost, struggling to tread water. Introspective and emotionally honest, the album is a mark of the universality of Einaudi’s compositions.

Ludovico Einaudi (Piano)
Federico Mecozzi (Violin and Viola)
Redi Hasa (Cello)
Francesco Arcuri (Percussion)

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Artist Information

Ludovico Einaudi

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Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi was born in Turin on November 23rd, 1955. He began to study music at the Conservatory of Turin and graduated under Azio Corghi at the Conservatory of Milan. In 1982, his talents won him a scholarship to the Tanglewood Music Festival. He spent the next several years composing for ballet, cinema and theatre, as well as numerous pieces for orchestra and ensemble. It was with Le Onde [The Waves] (1996), his first solo album inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel, that he truly caught the piano world’s attention.

The score he wrote in 2002 for the remake of Doctor Zhivago triumphed at the New York Film Festival, confirming the increasing prestige of his soundtracks: Not of This World (2000), Light of My Eyes (2001), The Untouchables (2011), Samba (2014), and many more. He began performing in increasingly important venues, such as La Scala of Milan the Hangar Bicocca and the Royal Albert Hall. In his next studio album, Una mattina (2004), Einaudi's music becomes more introspective, while in the following Divenire it expands, driven by the sonorities of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Both records, which were already topping the classical charts, also crossed over into the pop charts. He was the only classical musician to play at the first iTunes festival.

In 2009, he released Cloudland, with Robert and Ronald Lippok, and Nightbook. The peak performance of his European and American tour was once again at the Royal Albert Hall, recorded live and later released. For two consecutive summers, he conducted the Orchestra della Notte della Taranta. In 2013, he released In a Time Lapse, a reflection on time recorded in a monastery, in which his piano was accompanied by strings, percussion and electronic tracks. The world tour that followed featured remarkable performances at venues such as Sydney Opera House and Arena of Verona. The album Elements (2015) was recorded over three months in his home studio in the Langhe countryside. In 2016, he performed Elegy for the Arctic, commissioned by Greenpeace, on a floating platform amidst the ice in the Arctic Ocean. The same year marked the debut of Dieci Notti at Teatro Dal Verme, Milan, which would become an annual concert series. 

Emerging from long winter walks in the mountains, Seven Days Walking was an ambitious project of seven records, released monthly from March to October 2019. During this time, he resumed touring major venues, including seven consecutive sold-out shows at London’s Barbican. Performances and tours were interrupted by the pandemic, but some of his music from Seven Days Walking and Elements continued to walk on its own in highly acclaimed films such as Nomadland by Chloé Zhao and The Father by Florian Zeller. Much of his musical production for the screen is collected in Cinema (2021), preceded by two collections recorded during the lockdown and released in 2020: 12 songs from home and Einaudi Undiscovered, a series of lesser-known songs by the composer.

In the summer of 2021, Einaudi took his music back to nature, in a series of eleven concerts immersed in the breathtaking scenery of natural landscapes. It was the experience of suspended time during the lockdown that led to the new solo piano album, Underwater (2022), “a metaphor for fluidity without external interference”. In October 2022, he received the Opus Klassik award for the album Underwater, going on to tour the album to great success in the American continent, Europe and Central Asia.

Date & Time

30 Jan 2024, Tue


Esplanade Theatre
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