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Interviews
02 Mar 2019

Martin Grubinger in conversation with Philipp Bohnen (13 min.)

Peter Eötvös composed his percussion concerto Speaking Drums especially for Martin Grubinger. In February 2019, the Austrian multi-percussionist made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. As if playing the large number of percussion instruments required by the work by heart was not enough of a challenge, Eötvös also demands that the soloist recite Hungarian nonsense poems at the same time. This enables a direct dialogue with one’s own instruments, as Grubinger explains in this interview with the Philharmoniker’s violinist Philipp Bohnen and is demonstrated using a selection of examples.

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