Four top-class professors for the Mozarteum University

Martin Grubinger steht an sieben Pauken. | © Simon Pauly
With the beginning of the winter semester 2018/19, the Mozarteum University gets four more top-class professors*: Martin Grubinger for Percussion Instruments - Classical Multipercussion Instruments, Benjamin Kammerer for Piano and Piano Didactics in Innsbruck, Johannes Maria Staud for Composition and Corina Forthuber for Design: Technology. Textile.
Martin Grubinger, Percussion/Classical Multipercussion Instruments Technical perfection, joy of playing and musical versatility make Martin Grubinger one of the best multipercussionists in the world. His repertoire ranges from solo works to chamber music programs with his Percussive Planet Ensemble to solo concerts. The native of Salzburg has made a special contribution to placing the percussion instrument as a solo instrument at the center of classical concert performance. Martin Grubinger, who has received many awards (including the "Bernstein Award" of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Germany), is a welcome guest at renowned festivals and in concert with renowned orchestras. Particularly noteworthy are commissioned compositions such as Avner Dorman's "Frozen in Time" (2007), the "Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra" by Friedrich Cerha (2008), which was recorded with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2012, and Tan Dun's percussion concerto "Tears of Nature" (2012). this was followed in 2014 by the world premiere of the percussion concerto "Speaking Drums" with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by composer Peter Eötvös. Grubinger's large-scale percussion projects such as "The Percussive Planet", "Century of Percussion" and "Caribbean Showdown" or recitals with Yuja Wang document his versatility. benjamin Kammerer, piano and piano didactics Benjamin Kammerer has won several international piano and chamber music competitions. His concert repertoire includes not only classical works but also compositions of new music, such as those by Jörg Widmann, Thomas Larcher, Olivier Messiaen and György Kurtág, including a world premiere by the Spanish composer José María Sánchez Verdú at the Expo 2000 in Hanover. Kammerer has been pursuing an international teaching career since 2007 (Associate Instructor at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA, at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, and at the Conservatory in Bern). johannes Maria Staud, Composition Johannes Maria Staud is considered one of the most important representatives of the young generation of Austrian composers. Staud regularly receives prestigious commissions from, for example, the Salzburg Festival in the Mozart Year 2006 or Sir Simon Rattle in 2004/2005 ("Apeiron"). His works have been performed by, among others, the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim (with Heinrich Schiff as soloist), the Cleveland Orchestra with chief conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In his work, the composer is constantly inspired by world literature and refers to visual art as well as film art. corina Forthuber, Design: Technology. Textile Corina Forthuber received several scholarships (including from the Thalia Theater and the Deutsche Bank Foundation) after studying craft and design and interior design. Forthuber has so far participated in exhibitions in Austria, Germany and Italy, she worked as an assistant at the Kunsthochschule Halle and in several architectural offices in Halle and Paris. Corina Forthuber is self-employed in the field of space, stage, furniture, graphics and scene.

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