Dubbed by critics as “A wizard of percussion”, Austrian multipercussionist Martin Grubinger performs with many of the top orchestras at the world’s most prestigious venues. Grubinger’s repertoire is unusually broad and ranges from solo works and chamber music, with partners including pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, to large ensemble programmes.
Grubinger has had an increasing number of works specially written for him, amongst them Rolf Wallin’s Das war schön!, Anders Koppel’s Concerto No. 3, Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, performed and recorded with the Wiener Philharmoniker under the baton of Peter Eötvös on Kairos, as well as Tan Dun’s new concerto, receiving its premiere this season. His well known percussion projects “The Percussive Planet” and the recently premiered “Caribbean Showdown” show his versatility .
Highlights of the current season include premieres of the percussion concertos by Tan Dun and HK Gruber, his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach and an appearance with the Tonkünstler Orchestra at Schloss Grafenegg’s televised summer gala. He returns to the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Riccardo Chailly and is artist in residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the season and ‘artiste étoile’ of the 2013 Lucerne Festival. 2011/12 included debuts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi alongside a concert tour to Taiwan and Korea. Other milestones in his career include tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Breme.
In 2008/09 he was named Artist in Residence of the Leipzig Gewandhaus; residencies with the Camerata Salzburg, at the Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie München and Wiener Konzerthaus followed. Martin Grubinger has also appeared with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Münchner, Hamburger and Dresdner Philharmoniker, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León.
In 2011, he made his US debut with the Kansas City Symphony. Regular guest appearances lead him to the Rheingau und Schleswig-Holstein Music festivals,Bregenzer Festspiele, Weimar Kunstfest, Salzburg Festival, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Brass & Percussion Festival in Tokyo’s famous Suntory Hall and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
Martin Grubinger is recipient of the Bernstein Award by the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the prestigious Jeunesses Musicales’ Würth Prize. He records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon; his first CD recording ‘Drums ‘n’ Chant’ (released in October 2010) was soon followed by a live recording of ‘The Percussive Planet’ on DVD.
Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He had already garnered attention in his youth, having appeared at several international competitions, amongst others at the second World Marimbaphone Competition held in Okaya, Japan, and at the EBU Competition in Norway.