Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has announced an Australian tour in January 2020. Returning to the country to promote his newly released seven-album series Seven Days Walking, Einaudi will bring his atmospheric music to Mona Foma in Launceston as well as to Sydney and Adelaide.
Ludovico Einaudi. Photo © Ray Tarantino
Einaudi, who was last in the country in 2017, has won awards for his film scores and achieved success in the charts – in 2015 he became the first classical composer to reach the top 15 in the UK album charts in over 23 years. His music has been used by the likes of choreographer Alice Topp (who is using his music in her new work Logos which has its world premiere in The Australian Ballet’s 2020 season) and he made headlines in 2016 performing his work, Elegy for the Arctic, floating in front of a glacier as part of Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign. In Australia his albums have been mainstays of ARIA’s Core Classical and Classical/Crossover charts.
His latest project, which kicked off in March this year, features seven albums released across seven months, a series of variations on a theme inspired by a winter’s walk through the Alps, for which Einaudi is joined by cellist Redi Hasa and violinist and violist Federico Mecozzi.
“The idea first came to me as I was listening to the recordings of the first sessions: each version seemed to me to have its own personality, with subtleties so distinct from one another,” Einaudi said.
Einaudi’s Australian tour will begin in Tasmania with a performance at Mona Foma, before two performances at the Sydney Opera House, and one at Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide.