During the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, the internationally renowned percussionist Martin Grubinger will take the stage during the interval act. For his performance he has composed a unique piece that combines classical music with big band music, choral singing with percussion. The nine-minute program will include 40 instrumentalists as well as the Grammy-winning Arnold Schoenberg Choir.
The piece he will perform at the contest is based on classical themes of major Austrian composers, such as the final chorus of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 2, Bruckner’s Symphony No 8 and Mahler’s Symphony No 3. However, they are transformed from their classical form to a modern one in a variety of styles, such as salsa, funk, Fusion, African-Cuban.
Martin Grubinger has performed in major concert halls all over the world despite being only in his thirties. He was already noticed as a teenager when he attended the Mozart Year events in 2006, when he performed five percussion concertos.
The interval acts for both semi-finals haven’t been announced yet.