Martin Grubinger

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Martin Grubinger

Austrian multi-percussionist 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.

He got invitations to Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, SWR Sinfonieorchester, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg among many others. This year he works with Dresdner Philharmonie and their chief conductor Michael Sanderling and with Wiener Symphonikern and Gustavo Gimeno. Amongst the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto (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.

Winner of multiple prizes, Martin Grubinger is recipient of the Bernstein Award by the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the prestigious Jeunesses Musicales’ Würth Prize. Grubinger’s first CD, Drums‘n’Chant was soon followed by a live recording of The Percussive Planet on DVD, both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded a number of projects for various labels.

Photo: Felix-Broede