On Saturday June 25th, Ennio Morricone was awarded with a plaque in recognition of 350,000 sold tickets. The award was presented to the Maestro by concert producer GEA Live, during a sold-out open air concert in Ghent. The concert on the city square of the Belgian town was the event with which Morricone exceeded the 350,000 sold tickets mark for his arena concerts in Europe since 2014.
Maestro Morricone said:
“I am very thankful to all those that came to experience the concerts. I am first and foremost a film composer and it is overwhelming to think that this many people wanted to hear my music live in its pure form”.
Concert Producer Floris Douwes, for GEA Live commented:
“Ennio Morricone is a living legend and the first film composer to sell these numbers. It is a great privilege to present him with this award. We now begin to see a growing interest amongst concert audiences for film music as a genre in general and other composers have begun to perform their music live in large scale productions. An incredible achievement that Morricone deserves recognition for”.
Ennio Morricone signs to Decca Records in a major new record deal celebrating his professional career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions.
Ennio Morricone signs to Decca Records in a major new record deal celebrating his professional career which spans 60 years and 600 compositions. His new album ‘Morricone 60’ will be released on 7th October, just ahead of his 88th birthday, and marks the start of a unique partnership between Decca and the Morricone family.
‘Morricone 60’ is the first album of Ennio Morricone’s greatest hits conducted, recorded and curated by Morricone himself – and aims to create a legacy for his fans to enjoy. It sees the celebrated Maestro performing some of his greatest film music from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to his recent Academy Award-winning score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (released earlier this year on Decca). The album marks Ennio Morricone’s 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor and features brand new recordings with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, with whom he’s collaborated on major international movie scores.
On the photo ( from left to right): Concert Producer Floris Douwes, Maestro Ennio Morricone, Decca MD Rebecca Allen and Decca Director of Business & Legal Affairs Dominic Jones
Ennio Morricone announced today that his concerts originally scheduled for May 27th and 28th at the Palais des Congres will be rescheduled to September 24th and 25th 2016 at the same venue. Maestro Morricone is recovering from strong back pains which he started suffering following his return from the Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles last March. He has made great progress in his recovery since, but his doctors have strongly advised him to take absolute rest until June 15th 2016.
Maestro regrets having to move the concerts but is looking forward to being reunited with his fans in Paris in September.
Purchased tickets for the Paris concerts will remain valid for the new dates in September:
- Tickets purchased for the concert on 27 May (20:00) will be valid for the new concert date on 24 September (20:00)
- Tickets purchased for the concert on 28 May (20:00) will be valid for 25 September (19:00)
For more information please contact your local box-office where you purchased the tickets.
Ennio Morricone will resume his live concerts in June and the concerts in Oxford on June 23rd and in Ghent on June 25th and 26th will take place as scheduled.
For the first time ever, Maestro Ennio Morricone will perform in Sweden! The concert is scheduled for 28th November at the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, April 22 through AXS.com/se.
Ennio Morricone announces with great disappointment that he cannot conduct the concerts scheduled at Crocus City Hall in Moscow on March 21st 2016 and at the Hartwall Arena on March 23rd 2016. He currently suffers strong pains in his lower back and his doctors have advised him to take a period of eight weeks of complete rest.
The concerts scheduled later this year are not affected by this advise.
Maestro Morricone says: “I am sorry to let down my esteemed audiences in Helsinki and Moscow. If only there was the slightest chance of me going, I would have not considered canceling these concerts, but it appears that this is the only solution. I do hope that I will be able to visit Moscow and Helsinki at a later moment in time, as I was very much looking forward to going there.
I would also like to stress on the fact that I will still be conduction my concerts in Paris, Oxford and Gent as planned in May and June 2016”
At this moment the promoter and the artist are investigating the possibility to reschedule the Helsinki concert to a date in November 2016, in the event that a date is agreed upon, the tickets for the March 23rd concert will remain valid for the new concert date. The promoter and the artist are hopeful to announce a new date before original concert date March 23rd.
After 5 nominations, Ennio Morricone wins the Oscar for Best Original Soundtrack for the Film “The Hateful Eight”. Maestro is the oldest Academy Award winner ever. “A great score has to be inspired by a great film” he said in his acceptance speech and he went on to thank Quentin Tarantino for this opportunity.
In the run-up to the 88th Oscar’s ceremony this Sunday, Maestro Morricone has published his life story for the first time. “Life Notes” is a personal account of his childhood, how he learned to compose music, family life and Maestro’s illustrious career. Private photographs from family albums and anecdotes sit alongside reflections on music and cinema.
“Life Notes” is available to purchase from this website Shop under ‘Media’. A limited number of signed copies are also available to buy.