ludovico einaudi orchestrates floating performance in the arctic ocean for greenpeace




world renowned italian pianist and composer ludovico einaudi has performed a historic concert, set on a floating platform in the arctic ocean. against the icy backdrop of the wahlenbergbreen glacier in svalbard, norway, einaudi has played one of his own compositions ‘elegy for the arctic’ for the first time. a monumental early retreat of sea ice as a result of climate change allowed for the construction of an artificial iceberg made from more than 300 triangles of wood, on which a grand piano sits.



greenpeace holds a historic performance with pianist ludovico einaudi on the arctic ocean
video courtesy of greenpeacespain




created in collaboration with greenpeace, the timing of the performance coincides with a week-long meeting of the OSPAR commission in tenerife, spain — a platform which could see protected areas set up in international arctic waters. through his performance, einaudi adds his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the arctic, from threats like oil drilling and destructive fishing.


‘I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world,’ einaudi said from onboard the arctic sunrise. ‘it is important that we understand the importance of the arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.’

ludovico einaudi greenpeace
the project is set against the icy backdrop of the wahlenbergbreen glacier in svalbard, norway
image © pedro armestre / greenpeace

ludovico einaudi greenpeace
einaudi played one of his own compositions ‘elegy for the arctic’ for the first time
image © pedro armestre / greenpeace

ludovico einaudi greenpeace
a grand piano sits on an artificial iceberg made from more than 300 triangles of wood
image © pedro armestre / greenpeace

  • Just wait till “The Piano Guys” see this. They’ll have an artistic answer in no time.

  • I’ve already seen some of this “piano guys” reactions .
    Agressive I might say.This performance it’s a metaphore , and I don’t think that this fragment is meant to compete with the great piano classics. It has a different purpose

    Dana Matei says:
  • Floating is the word! Christo’s Floating Pier on Iseo lake and Ludovico Einaudi’s floating piano among icebergs! Who’ll be floating next?

    Tommaso Labranca says:
  • …the piano guys might object as I do about the music. The fact is that imho this kind of “gesture” ( or should I say posture) supported by this kind of trite semtimentality doesn’t serve the real purpose you are trying to foster. It’s not an aesthetic exercise, and romanticizing a tragic context like this with this kind of banalities doesn’t really serve anything but an already inflated sentimentality. I don’t think there is anything aggressive in dissenting with a populistic way of using “music” of this kind to support an honorable effort. Just the worst choice greenpeace could have done, though
    it will bring you lots of broken hearts and crying souls attention. Just my two cents… G.

    giorgio magnanensi says:
  • thank you very much Mr. Einaudi.
    thank you very much for sharing it.

    Christine says:

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