11 August 2022
By Ellie Palmer
From Einaudi in the Arctic Ocean, to Lang Lang in the Swiss Alps
99 times out of 100, the venue for a piano concert will likely be a local performance hall.
But on the odd (VERY odd) occasion, you might be treated to a concert over 3,000 metres high... or maybe even a concert in the middle of the ocean.
These four pianists all decided to take that plunge in an attempt to create something magical, oftentimes for a good cause as well. Let's take a closer look.
Location: Arctic Ocean
Complete with a grand piano on a floating platform, Einaudi performed his original composition, 'Elegy for the Arctic', in the Arctic Ocean to raise money for Greenpeace. At the time of filming (2016), the charity was urging the OSPAR Commission not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters.
What a mesmerising view.
Location: Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Earlier this year, Lang Lang gave a sky-high performance on the Jungfraujoch, a saddle between two peaks of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, near Europe's highest rail station. The piano was an incredible 3,454 metres high!
Location: Santa Monica Mountains
Pianist Dotan Negrin is known for popping up in all corners of this world with his piano, playing in some spectacular places along the way.
He doesn't disappoint here. Playing his original piece, 'Clarity', Negrin performs with spectacular backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains.
Evelina De Lain
Location: Singela Pass, Himalayas
This particular performance secured the record for the World’s Highest Classical Music Concert! De Lain and a team of people brought the grand piano up to 5,000m where she performed a number of classical songs for 90 minutes.