The in Ortisei born and internationally successful composer and producer is considered to be the founder of the synthesiser disco music.
Giovanni Giorgio Moroder was born in Ortsei on April 26, 1940. He starts playing guitar as a teenager and tours through Europe with his band at the age of 19. When he dedicates himself more and more to song writing and composing, he also starts to deal with music production and the new genre of electronic music of these years.
Moroder establishes his own music studio in Munich and starts a cooperation with Donna Summer. In 1976 they make the breakthrough with the song “Love to Love You, Baby”, which holds the number 2 spot in the US charts. Moroder’s disco genre is born, with his repetitive synthesiser loops, which influences numerous music producers in the Nineties. In 1987 Moroder migrates to the US and composes the soundtrack to the Hollywood movie “Midnight Express”, that is promptly awarded with an Oscar. In succession, he composes another dozen of movie soundtracks, such as for the film “Scarface”, “Top Gun” and “Flashdance”. In 2013 the “Dance-Music Godfather” is one of the star guests of the Daft Punk album “Random Access Memories”.
Today Moroder lives in Beverly Hills, together with his Mexican wife and his son Alex. He still likes to turn back to his native Val Gardena where in 2016 he puts on a big open-air concert as a DJ. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the province of South Tyrol.
By the way: As part of the Maia Music Festival 2019, the 4-time Grammy and 3-time Oscar winner visited Merano and delighted with his classics of film music and his greatest hits!