After a sell-out Queensland debut in 2015, Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi will return to QPAC’s Concert Hall in 2017.

Einaudi is one of the most influential and popular composers in Europe, having topped the iTunes classical chart with nine consecutive singles and produced 13 record-breaking albums.

He’s also composed a string of acclaimed scores for films and television shows, including Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar, Casey Affleck’s I’m Still Here, Shane Meadows’ This Is England and This Is England ’86, and French box-office record breaker The Intouchables. Einaudi’s Nuvole Bianche is also featured in James Wan’s Insidious.

His latest album, Elements, takes inspiration from the elements of nature, mathematics, science, musical forms, and works of art, and features beautiful and poignant tracks of interweaving piano, strings, percussion, guitar and electronica.

Striking multimedia and lighting techniques will be used to bring the album to life on stage at QPAC.

Trained as a classical composer and pianist, Einaudi’s music defies genre, and has been described as minimalist, alt-classical, ambient and contemporary.

“There is something in it that comes from classical,” he says, “but I have influences from different music I have experienced in my life, from African music to folk and rock.”

Earlier this year, Einaudi went viral when he performed his solo original work, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway) on the Arctic Ocean. Videos from the concert, which was intended to draw attention to the plight of the region through music, have been viewed over 3.1 million times on YouTube.

Ludovico Einaudi will play QPAC’s Concert Hall on Friday 10 February 2017. Tickets are on sale now at qpac.com.au.