Album Preview: Peter Grabinger’s Piano Works

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German pianist Peter Grabinger unveils his latest musical endeavor, “Piano Works,” set to release on December 8, 2023, under the Mons Records label. This album marks Grabinger’s first solo release, featuring a captivating blend of classical compositions, pop hits, jazz standards, and his original works. With a musical journey that spans across genres, “Piano Works” showcases Grabinger’s versatility as a performer.

Peter’s musical journey commenced at a tender age, with his very first piano lessons lovingly imparted by his father when he was a mere four years old. This early introduction to the world of music set the stage for a remarkable trajectory. By the age of 13, Peter had already achieved a notable milestone, becoming Germany’s youngest student to study under the esteemed guidance of Prof. Katja Laugs-Beckenbach and Prof. Richard Laugs at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. His thirst for musical knowledge further propelled him to join the master class led by Prof. Leonard Hokanson at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt.

Throughout his illustrious career, spanning from 1988 to 2017, Grabinger was a distinguished pianist for the Fischer-Chöre, renowned choirs that had gained widespread recognition in Germany through their acclaimed program, “Strasse der Lieder,” frequently featured on German television. During his formative years, Peter graced the stage with virtuosic piano performances alongside distinguished ensembles such as the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, and the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester. His extensive list of performing credits includes collaborations with luminaries like Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Harald Schmidt, Ivan Rebroff, Heinz Hoppe, Mort Shuman, Erika Köth, Dagmar Koller, Joy Fleming, and more. Most recently, Peter has lent his exceptional talents as an accompanist to artists such as Pe Werner, Joana, Jay Alexander, Hartmut Engler, and David E. Moore.

In addition to his impressive stage presence, Peter’s behind-the-scenes contributions have left an indelible mark on the music industry. His work as a music editor, supervisor, and music producer for Süddeutscher Rundfunk and Südwestrundfunk from 1985 to 2021 has garnered recognition and acclaim. Furthermore, his role as the musical director and pianist for the live program “SWR1 Pop & Poesie in Concert” since 2009 has solidified his status as a prominent figure in the world of music. Peter Grabinger’s journey is a testament to his unwavering dedication to the art of music, both on and off the stage.

The album opens with Grabinger’s own composition, “Memories,” which infuses elements of pop, soul, and jazz harmonies to create a nostalgic and evocative piece. The album’s diverse repertoire includes masterful interpretations of classics like Quincy Jones’s “The Color Purple,” Frédéric Chopin’s introspective piano pieces, and Dave Grusin’s iconic melodies. Two of Grabinger’s original compositions, “November” and “Edi (for Dad),” add a personal touch to the album, with the latter serving as a heartfelt tribute to his late father. “Piano Works” is a testament to Grabinger’s ability to seamlessly navigate various musical genres, making it a compelling and engaging listen for music enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Grabinger’s ability to transcend genres shines most brightly in his classical interpretations, adding a touch of elegance and depth to the album.

Peter Grabinger, piano

Track Listing:
1. Memories Of Love | 2. Color Purple | 3. Forlane | 4. Minutenwalzer | 5. Nocturne | 6. I Believe I Can Fly | 7. Memphis Stomp | 8. It Might Be You | 9. November | 10. Autumn Leaves | 11. Edi – For Dad

Release Date:8 December 2023
Format: CD | Streaming
Label: Mons Records

Last modified: December 9, 2023