Possibly the best multi-percussionist of the world, Martin Grubinger possesses an unusually broad repertoire ranging from solo works and chamber music with partners including his own Percussive Planet Ensemble, to percussion concertos. His technical perfection, enthusiasm and musical versatility make his performances to real ‘must-see’ events and brought the percussion from the back of an orchestra to the middle of the stage.
Starting off the season at Wiener Konzerthaus with a multi-percussion programme entitled “The Bernstein Experience“, Grubinger then joins forces with Yuja Wang and his Percussive Planet Ensemble for appearances at Carnegie Hall and Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. Later this season he is on tour in Europe with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and later with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra before he will make his debut with Berliner Philharmoniker. Reinvitations see him return to Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Dresdner Philharmonie or Orchestra Svizzera Italiana amongst many others.
Amongst the growing number of works written for Grubinger are Avner Dorman’s Frozen in Time (2007) and Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto (2008) as well as Tan Dun’s concerto, Tears of Nature (2012). Spring 2014 saw the German premiere of Eötvös’ Speaking Drums with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. 2018/19 saw world premieres of new percussion concertos dedicated to Martin Grubinger by Fazil Say and Daníel Bjarnason. His renowned percussion projects such as The Percussive Planet, Century of Percussion and Caribbean Showdown are further examples of his versatility.