. Interchanging Idioms: Deutsche Grammophon Signs Percussionist Martin Grubinger

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Deutsche Grammophon Signs Percussionist Martin Grubinger

Deutsche Grammophon is pleased to announce the signing of an exclusive recording-agreement with the “incomparable” (Wiener Zeitung) percussionist Martin Grubinger, whose “mind-boggling fusion of meditation and wide-awake involvement” is celebrated by Germany’s Die Welt.

Martin Grubinger’s first Deutsche Grammophon recording, to be released this autumn, is Drums ‘n’ Chants, in which he performs alongside the Gregorian chants sung by the Monks of the Benedictine Abbey Münsterschwarzach providing a tapestry of his vibrant percussion.

Martin Grubinger’s second release, on DVD in 2011, will be a live recording of his acclaimed project The Percussive Planet, featuring performers from every corner of the globe.

“This gifted young artist creates a sensation wherever he appears — and Deutsche Grammophon looks forward to these exceptional projects with a musician for whom, in his own words, ‘nothing is impossible’.” - Michael Lang, President of Deutsche Grammophon

On signing the agreement, Martin Grubinger remarked: “I am honored to be working with Deutsche Grammophon, who support my intense interest in all music where percussionists are at home, from contemporary to jazz to salsa, samba, tango, funk, fusion, and rock. I always try to push my limits and am very excited about the new challenges which recordings can offer.”

Born in Salzburg in 1983, Martin Grubinger studied at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz and at the Salzburg Mozarteum. At a young age he already began attracting attention at international competitions. Before long he was appearing throughout Europe in recitals and in concerts with orchestras including the Bergen Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Dresden Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and the Oslo Philharmonic — while also creating a sensation at festivals including Baden-Baden, Bregenz, Salzburg, and Schleswig-Holstein.

Represented by Harrison Parrott, in 2006 Martin Grubinger first presented The Percussive Planet at the Beethovenfest in Bonn and performed six concertos, two composed for him, at the Vienna Musikverein.

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