Martin Grubinger jun.
Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger is a regular guest with many leading orchestras and at the world’s top venues. He has an unusually broad repertoire, ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners, including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos.
Martin Grubinger’s engagements during the 2019/20 season included a tour with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, a concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Elim Chan and his debuts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He also returned to the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and the Bruckner Orchestra in Linz. By March 2020, he had given three of a cycle of six planned concerts at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Martin Grubinger was artist in residence at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg during the 2016/17 season and has also had residencies with the Camerata Salzburg, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Philharmonie in Cologne and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.
There are a growing number of works written for Martin Grubinger, including Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007), Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2008) and Tan Dun’s Tears of Nature (2012). In 2014 he also gave the German premiere of Peter Eötvös’s Speaking Drums with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by the composer. During the 2018/19 season he gave the world premiere of a new percussion concerto written for him by Fazıl Say. Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason has also written a percussion concerto for him.
He appears regularly at major festivals, including the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Salzburg Festival, the Baden-Baden Festival, the Brass and Percussion Festival at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. In 2013 he was artiste étoile at the Lucerne Festival.
Martin Grubinger has won numerous prizes including the Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the prestigious Würth Prize of the Jeunesses Musicales in Germany. His first CD, Drums ’n’ Chant, was followed by a live DVD recording of The Percussive Planet, both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded projects for various labels.
Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He quickly gained attention through his appearances at several international competitions, including the Second World Marimbaphone Competition in Okaya in Japan and the EBU Competition in Norway. He is a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Zurich and professor of classical percussion and multi-percussion at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.