The Austrian percussionist Martin Grubinger has made an outstanding contribution to promoting percussion as a solo instrument in the spotlight of the classical concert world, with a repertoire that ranges from solo works to chamber music programmes. Born in Salzburg, he studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg but even as a teenager was already attracting attention at international competitions.
In 2008/09 he was Artist in Residence at the Gewandthaus in Leipzig, followed by residences with the Camerata Salzburg, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition, Martin Grubinger has impressed audiences at performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, NDR Hamburg and many more. Grubinger is popular as a visiting performer with renowned American orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and he is a welcome guest at celebrated festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn and the Salzburg Festival.
Commissioned works play a central role in his collaborations with internationally renowned orchestras. For instance Tan Dun’s Percussion concerto ›Tears of Nature‹ and the concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Friedrick Cerha, which was recorded by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2012 and followed in the spring of 2014 by the first performance of the percussion concerto ›Speaking Drums‹ with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, both under the baton of composer Peter Eötvös.
Already the holder of several awards, Martin Grubinger is the winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Bernstein Award and the coveted Jeunesses Musicales (Germany) Würth Prize. Grubinger has released a CD of ›Drums’n’Chant‹, a live recording of ›Percussive Planet‹ on DVD with Deutsche Grammophon as well as numerous other recordings on Sony, Kairos, Ondine and BIS.