Star percussionist Martin Grubinger embraces a thrilling breadth of repertoire ranging from solo works and an impressive range of percussion concertos, as well as chamber music with some of the world's leading instrumentalists and his own Percussive Planet Ensemble. His technical perfection, boundless enthusiasm and musical versatility make his performances 'must see’ events and bringing percussion from the back of the orchestra to the very forefront of the stage.
This season sees European tours with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz and the Belgian National Orchestra as well as concerts with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras. A recital tour with his Percussive Planet Ensemble takes them through Austria and Germany; the second edition of
the World Super Drummer Convention will take place as part of Martin‘s own series at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele and he is artist in residence at the Bodenseefestival. Elsewhere in the 2019/20 season Martin returns to the Israel Philharmonic, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Hungarian National Philharmonic and the WDR Sinfonieorchester.
Martin has inspired a number of the world’s leading composers to write, and among the growing number of works to have been composed for him are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto (2008), performed and recorded with the Wiener Philharmoniker and conducted by Peter Eötvös on Kairos, as well as Tan Dun’s concerto, Tears of Nature (2012), and Eötvös‘ Speaking Drums (2014). In April 2019 Fazil Say‘s new percussion concerto was premiered and this season sees the world premiere of a new ensemble piece by Johannes Maria Staud, who is also currently writing a new concerto.
His renowned percussion projects such as The Percussive Planet, Century of Percussion and Caribbean Showdown are further examples of his thrilling versatility.
Grubinger was Artist in Residence at Elbphilharmonie in their inaugural season and has undertaken similar residencies with Camerata Salzburg, the Philharmonie Köln, Philharmonie München, Wiener Konzerthaus and Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. He has
appeared with orchestras including NHK Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Hamburg, Munich and Dresdner Philharmoniker, Berliner and Wiener Philharmonikers, Bamberger Symphoniker, and BBC
Philharmonic. He guests regularly with leading orchestras in the United States, amongst them Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic. Last season the Percussive Planet Ensemble and Martin Grubinger made their debut at the Carnegie Hall and the Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor joining forces with Yuja Wang.
Regular festival appearances include the Rheingau Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling Festival, Bregenzer Festspiele, Beethovenfest Bonn and Salzburg Festival, at Baden Baden Festspielhaus, the Brass & Percussion Festival in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. In 2013 he was Artiste Étoile at Lucerne Festival.
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. 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. Grubinger’s first CD, Drums ‘n’ Chant, was followed by a live DVD recording of The Percussive Planet both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded a number of projects for various labels.
Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where he now himself holds a position as Professor for Multipercussion. He regularly writes a column for the biggest Austrian newspaper and co-hosts the classical music TV show KlickKlack on Bayerischer Rundfunk television.