World renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays concert on Arctic Ocean

Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi, performed one of his own compositions, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier. The message is powerful and beautiful.

Video credit: GreenpeaceRussia

The Svalbard islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. On Spitsbergen, one of the islands, locates the Russian mining community of Barentsburg.

Through his music Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.

“Being here has been a great experience. 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. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it," he says.

The musician, known for his composition for the film, “Black Swan” and the television serial, “Doctor Zhivago”, travelled onboard the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise on the eve of the week-long meeting of the OSPAR Commission, which could secure the first protected area in Arctic international waters.

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