Born and raised in the Twin Cities, percussionist Bjorn Grina-Shay is an active freelance musician and percussion instructor. As an educator, Bjorn teaches percussion and drum set lessons to students of all ages and abilities. He served as a percussion coach with the Minneapolis Northside Youth Orchestra and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Bjorn performed educational concerts for students of all ages as part of MPR’s Class Notes artists with his chamber music ensemble, 10th Wave.
Bjorn is a former percussionist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and has also performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and the Lakes Area Music Festival. He is also a percussionist with and co-founder of Twin Cities based chamber music collective, 10th Wave.
Bjorn received his bachelor’s degree and graduate performance diploma in percussion performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with percussionist Robert van Sice. Bjorn is received his master’s degree in percussion performance from the University of Minnesota where he studied with percussionist Fernando Meza and drummer Phil Hey.