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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.

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“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)


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