Composer and Pianist Ludovico Einaudi Signs New Worldwide Deal With Decca Records
The classical artist is planning a release of seven albums in seven month, culminating in an autumn box-set collection.
Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has announced a new worldwide contract with Decca Records, the label announced on Thursday (March 1).
Einaudi has previously released six albums over 15 years with the classical music label. Before that, he recorded with BMG Ricordi. The new deal comes as Einaudi also reveals ambitious plans to release seven bodies of music released over seven consecutive months in a collection called Seven Days Walking. The first installment, Seven Days Walking: Day One, will be released on March 15, followed by Seven Days Walking: Day Two a month later and each subsequent piece released a month apart digitally. That all will lead up to an autumn release of the complete Seven Days Walking box-set.
Earning more than 1 million streams daily, Einaudi is the world's most-streamed classical artist of all time, per Decca's parent company Universal Music Group, having clocked up more than 2 billion streams overall. According to Nielsen Music, he has earned 441 million on-demand streams in the U.S. alone.
"Ludovico Einaudi is an artist with a uniquely global footprint whose music continues to draw a dedicated and dynamic audience," said Dickon Stainer, Universal president and CEO of global classics & jazz, in a statement. "We are thrilled and honoured to extend our relationship with him throughout the world."
Rebecca Allen, Decca Records president, added: "Ludovico Einaudi is without doubt one of the most innovative and inspiring artists that our label has the privilege to work alongside. His music connects in a way that unites audiences around the world. We feel truly blessed that our partnership continues to grow and we can further support the unique vision of this utterly brilliant artist."
Seven Days Walking was recorded between last year in Schloss Elmau, Germany, and London's Air Studios. It features Federico Mecozzi on violin and viola and Redi Hasa on cello, alongside Ludovico on piano.
Einaudi also announced new U.S. tour dates on Friday (March 1). Tickets go on sale March 8 at 10 a.m. local time, with an artist pre-sale beginning March 5 at 10 a.m. local time. New York tickets for Einaudi's first Carnegie Hall appearance will go on sale March 15. See the dates below.
Ludovico Einaudi Seven Days Walking Tour Dates:
May 31 - Washington, DC @ Kennedy Center
June 1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kimmel Center
June 4 - New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
June 6 - Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Theater
June 8 - Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkings Opera House
June 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Davies
June 14 - San Diego, CA @ Copley Symphonic Hall
June 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall
June 18 - Seattle, WA @ McCaw Hall
June 19 - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater