PETER GRUNBERG (rehearsal pianist). The Sydney-born musician Peter Grunberg has appeared as a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony; performed at the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, and Tanglewood festivals; and collaborated in recital with such artists as Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, and Joshua Bell. He has conducted at the Moscow Conservatory, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Sydney Opera House.
Grunberg left his native Australia at age 16 to study mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge. He worked in opera and festivals throughout Europe before being appointed Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera in 1992, where he has retained a relationship as a master coach for their Merola and Adler training programs.
Former Musical Assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas at the San Francisco Symphony, Grunberg has been an assistant producer on many of that orchestra’s Grammy-winning audio recordings and was a principal collaborator on the ensemble’s Keeping Score project.
Grunberg maintains an active life as a recitalist and chamber musician. Later this month, as artist-in-residence with LiederAlive! San Francisco, he will be performing with the cellist Oliver Herbert a program of music by Beethoven and Schumann.