Martin Grubinger
Instrument: percussion

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Grubinger Martin

General Information

Year of Birth:  1983
Place of Birth:  Salzburg
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Martin Grubinger is an Austrian drummer and multipercussionist.



Grubinger performs in the world's major concert halls and concert halls, including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Philharmonics of Cologne and Luxembourg. He played with Iannis Xenakis Rebond and Simone Young with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Grubinger caused a sensation with a drum marathon, the Showdown at Vienna Musikverein (Viennese Music Association) in 2006, and as a soloist he premiered several pieces, such as compositions by Anders Koppel and Rolf Wallin.
On 2/3 December 2007 he was the soloist of the world premiere of Avner Dorman's drums concerto Frozen in Time, accompanied by the Hamburg Philharmonic under Simone Young. Grubinger played this piece with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Juraj Valcuha on January 24-26,2008. On February 26,2010 he performed together with the hr-Sinfonieorchester under the direction of Frank Strobel at the Music Discovery Project 2010 in Frankfurt's Jahrhunderthalle (other participants included "Blumentopf" and Hila Bronstein).


Martin Grubinger is married and lives in Unterdorf in Thalgau.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first lessons with his father who had been a teacher at the Landesmusikschule and drummer himself




2008 - 2009

Artist in Residence

2014 - 2015

Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and at the Tongyeong Music Festival at South Corea

other residences with the Camerata Salzburg, Philharmonic Orchestra Cologne, Philharmonic Orchestra Munich and at the Vienna Konzerthaus

guest at numerous festivals such as the music-festivals at Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein, Festival Bregenz, Beethovenfestival Bonn, Lucerne Festival and Salzburg Festival, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Brass & Percussion Festival at the reknown Suntory Hall at Tokyo as well as at the Grant Park Music Festival of Chicago etc.

internationally very active, a.o. with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as invitations to Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, to the Gürzenich Orchester and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Philharmonic Orchestras of Munich/Dresden/Hamburg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Bamberg Symphonic and BBC Philharmonic


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Leonard Bernstein Award



sucessful participation in many international competitions, a.o. at the 2nd world-marimba-competition at Okaya, the EBU-competition in Norway etc.

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