Bjorn Grina-Shay, Percussion
Born and raised in the Twin Cities, percussionist Bjorn Grina received his bachelor’s degree and graduate performance diploma in percussion performance from the Peabody Institute in 2016. While at Peabody, Bjorn studied with master percussionist, Robert van Sice. Most recently, he has performed with the Mankato, Wayzata, and Metropolitan Symphonies. In 2015, Bjorn took part in a performance of Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center with the Evermay Chamber Orchestra featuring ballerina Misty Copeland. Bjorn was a member of both the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra (2012) and the Aspen Festival Orchestra (2013). Bjorn can also be heard on an album with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra performing works by composer Kevin Puts under the baton of Marin Alsop on the Naxos label.
During his time at Peabody Bjorn performed regularly with his two pianist, two percussionist quartet which performed works such as Bela Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Paul Lansky’s Textures. In 2014 as part of the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, Bjorn performed Alejandro Viñao’s Estudios de Fronterra with the Peabody Percussion Group. Bjorn also performed the piece alongside renowned percussionist Svet Stoyanov. Bjorn is currently a freelance musician and percussion teacher in the Twin Cities.