Martin Grubinger

Martin Grubinger

Technical perfection, joy of playing and musical versatility make Martin Grubinger perhaps the best multi-percussionist in the world. His repertoire ranges from solo works and chamber music programs with his Percussive Planet Ensemble to solo concerts. The Austrian has made a special contribution to placing the percussion as a solo instrument at the center of classical concerts.

Commissioned compositions such as Avner Dorman's Frozen in Time (2007), the concert for percussion and orchestra by Friedrich Cerha (2008), which was recorded in 2012 with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Peter Eötvös at Kairos, play an important role in the interplay with renowned orchestras. and Tan Dun's percussion concert Tears of Nature (2012). In spring 2014, the percussion concert Speaking Drums premiered with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of the composer Peter Eötvös. World premieres of new percussion concerts by Fazil Says and Daníel Bjarnasons are planned for the 2018/19 season. Grubinger's large-scale percussion projects such as The Percussive Planet, Century of Percussion and Caribbean Showdown document his versatility.

In 2016/17 he was artist in residence at the Elbphilharmonie; He had other residencies with the Camerata Salzburg, Cologne Philharmonic, Wiener Konzerthaus and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. In addition, Martin Grubinger impressed with performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Munich, Dresden and Hamburg Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Bamberg Symphony and BBC Philharmonic. Grubinger is also a guest with renowned American orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Martin Grubinger is a welcome guest at well-known festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberg Spring, Bregenz Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival, in the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Brass & Percussion Festival in the renowned Suntory Hall in Tokyo as well as at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. In 2013 he was Artiste Étoile at the Lucerne Festival.

Martin Grubinger has already received numerous awards and has received the “Bernstein Award” from the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the “Würth Prize” from Jeunesses Musicales Germany. Grubinger released the CD Drums 'n' chant as well as a live recording of Percussive Planet on DVD on Deutsche Grammophon. Further recordings have been made by various labels, including Sony, Kairos, Ondine and BIS.

The musician, who was born in Salzburg, studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. a. at the second world marimba competition in Okaya and at the EBU competition in Norway. Grubinger has been a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts since the 2015/16 academic year and professor for classical percussion / multi-percussion at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since the 2018/19 academic year.