Technical perfection, musical versatility and the simple joy of playing make Martin Grubinger most probably the best percussionist in the world. In his own unique way, this Austrian has contributed to placing percussion as a solo instrument at the heart of classical concert activity. As a teenager, this Salzburg-born percussionist was already drawing attention to himself at international competitions and has since won several awards, including the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival’s ›Bernstein Award‹ and the Jeunesses Musicales Würth Prize. This versatile instrumentalist has been professor of Classical Percussion / Multi Percussion at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2018.
In the 2016/17 season, Grubinger was Artist in Residence at the Elbphilharmonie. He debuted last autumn in Carnegie Hall, together with Yuja Wang and the Percussive Planet Ensemble, and has also featured in several high-profile European orchestral tours – some of which with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – including stops in Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Baden-Baden, Göteburg and Stockholm. With his newest ensemble project ›The Bernstein Experience‹, Martin Grubinger opened the 2018/19 season at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2016, Martin Grubinger featured at the ›Summer in Lesmona‹ and, together with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, delivered a spectacular kick-off to the annual open air festival. Now we can look forward to the long-awaited reunion with this exceptional musician.