Highlights of the current season include the premiere of Peter Eötvös’ “Speaking Drums – Four Poems for percussion solo and orchestra”, Martin’s debut with the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and a number of high-profile tours with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg amongst others, with performances throughout Europe.
Dubbed a ‘wizard of percussion’ by the press, Grubinger has an ever-growing list of work written especially for him, including Avner Dorman’s “Frozen in Time” (2007), Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2008) and Tan Dun’s concerto, “Tears of Nature” (2012). His unusually large repertoire ranges from solo works and chamber music, with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble and pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, to percussion concertos.
A sought-after recitalist and soloist with the leading orchestras world-wide, Martin Grubinger was the youngest-ever finalist at the World Marimbaphone Competition in Japan and has received both the Bernstein Award by the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival and the Jeunesses Musicales’s Würth Prize. Grubinger’s first CD, 'Drums ‘n’ Chant' (released in October 2010) was soon followed by a live recording of 'The Percussive Planet' on DVD, both for Deutsche Grammophon. He has since recorded a number of projects for various labels.
“The audience loved it — and their enthusiasm was rewarded by Grubinger carrying a high-tension snare drum forward to the footlights for his own three-minute Planet Rudiment: ear-splitting circus acts with at least six hard sticks drumming so fast that they flew, and then juggled from hand to hand to shoulder." (The Times, November 2012)
“Martin Grubinger is a once-in-a-hundred-years musician. When vital elemental force and artistic finishing touch, when nature and spirit come together so closely, the consciousness inevitably experiences a spontaneous expansion.” (Die Welt, July 2008)
“Mr. Grubinger… is a master of the high-speed chase. He can go from barely audible triple-pianos to earsplitting ultrafortissimos.” (New York Times, March 2008)
Martin Grubinger is Artist in Residence at the 2014 MünchenMusik Festival
Martin Grubinger gives German premiere of Peter Eötvös' Speaking Drums
Martin Grubinger debuts with Washington's National Symphony Orchestra
Martin Grubinger tours with Pittsburgh Symphony and Wiener Philharmoniker
Martin Grubinger is Lucerne Festival's 'Artiste Etoile' for 2013
Ten HarrisonParrott artists feature in 2013 Salzburg Festival
Martin Grubinger performs with Tonkünstler Orch & Münchner Philharmoniker
Martin Grubinger makes an impact in successful Los Angeles Philharmonic debut
Kirill Karabits and Martin Grubinger tour with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Urbański debuts with Wiener Symphoniker and Grubinger
Martin Grubinger debuts at Grant Park Festival
Martin Grubinger tours with Ariel Zuckermann and Camerata Salzburg
Martin Grubinger makes his debut with Wiener Philharmoniker & Peter Eötvös
Martin Grubinger begins residency at Kölner Philharmonie
Martin Grubinger performs Orff, Stravinsky and Say at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
Martin Grubinger performs with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Riccardo Chailly
Martin Grubinger and Alina Pogostkina tour Japan with Jonathan Nott and NHK Symphony Orchestra
Grubinger signs to Deutsche Grammophon