“The result was a rapid, unceasing, florid display of notes performed with dazzling virtuosity by Grubinger... The audience rightfully shot to its feet...” – KCMetropolis, May 2011
“Martin Grubinger is a one-in-a-hundred-years musician… When vital elemental force and artistic finishing touch, when nature and spirit come together so closely, our consciousness inevitably experiences a spontaneous expansion.” – Die Welt, July 21 2008
The Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger had already garnered attention in his youth, having appeared at several international competitions. He was the youngest finalist at the second World Marimbaphone Competition held in Okaya, Japan, and a finalist at the EBU Competition in Norway. Grubinger’s repertoire is unusually broad. In September 2006 he presented his major project at the renowned Beethovenfest Bonn, “The Percussive Planet”, astonishing critics and audience alike. Another highlight was his performance at the Musikverein in Vienna along with the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and John Axelrod in November 2006, performing six percussion concertos, two of which had been composed specially for him – by Rolf Wallin and Anders Koppel. Both the marathon programme and “The Percussive Planet” have since been successfully repeated in cities including Lübeck, Hamburg, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Munich, Graz and Salzburg.
Born in Salzburg, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He soon appeared throughout Europe, giving recitals and orchestral concerts in renowned venues and at prestigious festivals. In Summer 2007 he received the Bernstein Award from the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and in 2007/08 was recommended by the Vienna Konzerthaus for the renowned concert cycle “Rising Stars”, in which he appeared as soloist at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including the Philharmonie Köln, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Athens Megaron, and New York's Carnegie Hall. He also performed at Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Berlin Konzerthaus and Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, as well as the Bregenz and Schleswig Holstein Musik Festivals. Regular guest appearances also include performances at the Rheingau Music Festival, Weimar Kunstfest, Lucerne Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
2008/09 saw him named Artist in Residence of the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and his triumphant debut at the Salzburg Festival, followed by the Jeunesses Musicales’ Würth Prize a year later. Martin Grubinger 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.
Other milestones in his career include tours with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and Andrew Litton, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Martin Grubinger has also appeared with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Münchner, Hamburger and Dresdner Philharmoniker, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and at the Brass & Percussion Festival at the renowned Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In 2011, he made his US debut with the Kansas City Symphony.
Highlights of the current season include debuts with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Bamberger Symphoniker, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi; appearances in Taiwan and Korea, as well as residencies at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Köln, in Munich and with the Salzburg Camerata. 2011/12 season only. Please contact HarrisonParrott if you wish to edit this biography.