With roots in classical, folk and traditional music, Mitchell Grobb is a violinist and multi-instrumentalist known for his genre-blending performances across a wide range of musical styles. An in-demand solo artist, session musician, and a seasoned road warrior, he has appeared live on stage throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and more than 40 other countries around the world.
Mitchell has worked extensively with Cirque du Soleil, performing in several of their signature productions. He currently performs violin and guitar in the arena world tour of Ovo, and also previously performed with Ovo during its Grand Chapiteau tour of Japan (2014–2015). He was the violinist in the Grand Chapiteau tour of Corteo (2015) during its residency in Ecuador, and performed violin with the arena world tour of Dralion (2011–2014) in major cities worldwide. Mitchell was also the featured violinist in Wintuk (2010), a seasonal resident show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
From 2002 to 2006, Mitchell was a member of the international violin show Barrage. He performed with the group in theatres and at festivals, special events, and major corporate events across North America, Asia, Europe, and the South Pacific. Mitchell is a featured soloist in Barrage’s full length concert DVD Vagabond Tales, which was nationally televised as a prime–time concert special on the PBS network in the United States.
Mitch was the original violinist in Tokyo DisneySea’s fifth anniversary special production Cape Cod Step Out (2006–2007) in Tokyo, Japan. He also performed mandolin with the Cape Cod Irish Band at Tokyo DisneySea, providing live atmosphere music throughout the park during the year-long anniversary celebrations.
Mitchell played violin and accordion as the sole musician in Toronto based Roseneath Theatre’s Spirit Horse (2008–2009). A North American adaptation of British playwright Greg Bank’s Tir na nÓg, Mitch appeared with Spirit Horse in theatres, schools, and festivals across Canada and the United States.
Growing up in rural Manitoba in western Canada, Mitch picked up his first violin at the age of 5 and was instantly hooked. He soon started taking lessons at Brandon University’s Eckhardt–Grammaté Conservatory of Music, where he studied classical music for eleven years. At a young age, he also started to explore traditional old time fiddle music, celtic, country, bluegrass, pop, folk and jazz. During his teenage years, Mitchell was a well known performer at traditional fiddle competitions, shows, and festivals across Canada and the midwestern United States, garnering over 200 awards along the way.
In addition to performances with live touring shows and theatre productions, Mitchell has contributed to several wide-release albums and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with a diverse variety of acts including John Michael Montgomery, Colin Mochrie, Tom Cochrane, John Berry, Nelly Furtado, The Smothers Brothers, Cadence Grace, The Fantasy Fiddlers, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to name just a few. He continues to collaborate with fellow musicians and other performance artists on a variety of music and entertainment projects.
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