(b. 1961, Kharkiv).
Ukrainian composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly chamber and piano works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.
Mr. Grinberg graduated in composition from the College of Music in Kharkiv in 1980 and later studied composition with Igor Kovach at the I. P. Kotlyarevsky State University of the Arts in Kharkiv, where he graduated in 1985.
Among his honours is the Ilya Slatin Prize from the City Council of Kharkiv (1999, for From the Abyss, House Plant and Symbols of Time). His music has been performed in Austria, Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Latvia, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA.
He taught composition, music history and music theory at a music school for children in Kharkiv from 1987–95 and at the College of Music in Kharkiv from 1987–94 and 2000–03. He also taught composition, instrumentation and music theory at the I. P. Kotlyarevsky State University of the Arts from 1994–2003. He taught as an assistant in musicology at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen in 2005–06 and has taught at the Marina Kheifets Musikschule Subito und Akademie in Düsseldorf since 2008.
He has lived in Germany since 2003.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Carillon, small orchestra/orchestra (3 flutes, oboe, 2 clarinets, soprano saxophone, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, 5 percussion, 12/24 strings), 1990
From the Abyss, 16 strings, 1996
Crazy Jingles, flute, 18 strings, 2002
Seven Études, clarinet, 1990
Shimmering, string quartet, 1991
Mantras, 7 recorders, 1992
Music for a Friend, vibraphone, 1992, revised 2002
Circles on the Water, 2 guitars, 1993
House Plant, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, xylorimba, 1993
In Harmony, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, 1994, revised 2000
Pen Drawing, clarinet, violin, 2 violas, double bass, accordion, 1995
Sounds of the Town, alto saxophone, 1995
At Right Angles, violin, piano, 1996
Roslavets Capriccio, violin, 1996
Symbols of Time, soprano saxophone, cello, 1998
Shifting Mirrors, clarinet, piano, 1999
Tiger's Fantasy, trombone, 1999
Mozart-Veränderung, oboe, 2000
Four Inventions, cello, 2002
Distortions, double bass, piano, 2006
Dichtung, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, 2008
Angel's Smile, accordion, 2008
Sulamith (text from the Song of Solomon [English translation]), 16 mixed voices, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1997
Ein Neues Lied (texts from Psalm 149, Psalm 1, Psalm 2, Psalm 115, Psalm 12, Psalm 13, Psalm 14, Psalm 117), mixed chorus, 1998, revised 2004
By the Rivers of Babylon (text from Psalm 137), female chorus, 2001
Dilexi (text from Psalm 114), mixed chorus, 2003
Cantos (text by Dan Albertson), soprano, oboe, bass clarinet, viola, cello, percussion, 2005
Partita, 1980, revised 2001
Castles in the Air, 1983, revised 2000
Polyphonic Games, 1987–89
Mobile-Immobile, 1990, revised 1996
Hemmerl (folksong in Yiddish), 5 mixed voices, 2006
Sholem (folksong in Yiddish), 5 mixed voices, piano, 2006