Martin Grubinger

Possibly the best multi-percussionist of the world, Martin Grubinger possesses an unusually broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos. His technical perfection, enthusiasm and musical versatility make his performances to real ›must-see‹ events and brought the percussion from the back of an orchestra to the middle of the stage.

Amongst the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s ›Frozen in Time« (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s ›Concerto for percussion and orchestra« (2008), performed and recorded with the Wiener Philharmoniker conducted by Peter Eötvös on Kairos, as well as Tan Dun’s concerto ›Tears of Nature« (2012). Spring 2014 saw the German premiere of Eötvös’ ›Speaking Drums« with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.

This season will include the premiere of a new percussion concerto by Icelander Daníel Bjarnason, dedicated to Martin Grubinger, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and later performed under the composer's baton with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony at the cresc...-Biennial and also with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. His renowned percussion projects such as ›The Percussive Planet«, ›Century of Percussion‹ and ›Caribbean Showdown‹ are further examples of his versatility.

Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He quickly garnered attention through appearances at several international competitions, including the second World Marimbaphone Competition in Okaya, Japan, and at the EBU Competition in Norway. Martin Grubinger holds teaching positions at Zurich University of the Arts and as Professor for Multipercussion at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg.