Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Gustav Rivinius

Gustav Rivinius is the first and only German musician to be awarded a First Prize Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In addition, he received a special prize for the best interpretation of a Tchaikovsky composition, outperforming all other competitors. Since then he has appeared with leading musicians, orchestras and conductors around the world.

Among the many high points of an illustrious career, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorin Maazel, Ingo Metzmacher and Hans Zender. In celebrations marking the re-opening of the Spanish Hall at Prague Castle, Gustav Rivinius joined the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and in a gala marking the 50th anniversary of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra the cellist performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.

In the US, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with orchestras in Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and the Houston Symphony. In Tokyo, he took the stage with the Moscow Philharmonic, in Seoul with the KBS Symphony Orchestra and in Beijing with the National Ballet Orchestra. He has worked together with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach and Dmitri Kitajenko. He has also played alongside orchestras of Lisbon, Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, as well as in Lucerne with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. Gustav Rivinius has appeared with all of Germany’s Radio Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the Leipziger Gewandhaus and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin.

Along with his solo work, Gustav Rivinius has a passion for chamber music. He plays regularly alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and does recitals with his brother Paul at the piano. Gustav Rivinius is also an annual participant in the Heimbach Spannungen festival along with his friends Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam. This year, he will open the chamber music series at the Dvořák Festival in Prague with the Sharon Kam Quintet.

The musician also founded the Gasparo da Saló Trio, the Bartholdy String Quintet and the Tammuz Piano Quartet, which recorded both piano quartets by composer George Enescu for the CPO label. CPO has also released CDs featuring Gustav Rivinius’ performance of the Cello Concerto by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, accompanied by the HR Sympony Orchstra under Alan Francis, and along with the RSO Saarbrucken, a recital of “Ode to the West Wind”, conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewki (Arte Nova). Gustav Rivinius recorded the Brahms Clarinet Trio along with Sharon Kam and Martin Helmchen for Berlin Classics.

Gustav Rivinius is a Professor at the HFM University of Music in Saarbrucken. He is cofounder of the Kammermusiktage Mettlach and thus has been influencing the musical landscape of his native Saarland for over 30 years. He also teaches a number of masters courses annually, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In addition he is a sought after juror at major music competitions and sat on the jury at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Season 2018/2019 | Photo: Jean M. Laffitau
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Gustav Rivinius is awarded the Kunstpreis of Saarland

11 October 2016

Saarland’s Ministry for Education and Culture is awarding Gustav Rivinius this year’s Kunstpreis. Minister of Education and Culture Commerçon congratulated the award winner declaring: “Both his work as […] more ...

Gustav Rivinius excels with Dutilleux

11 March 2016

Composed in 1970 and dedicated to Rostropovich, who also performed its original premiere, the cello concerto “Tout un monde lointain” by Dutilleux is one of the most demanding […] more ...

Duo Gustav and Paul Rivinius

3 June 2016

Duo Gustav and Paul Rivinius The cellist Gustav Rivinius, awarded the first prize of the International Tschaikowsky Competition in 1990 as the only German musician until recently, is […] more ...

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L. v. Beethoven

“Tripel-concert” C Major op. 56

E. Bloch

Schelomo”, Hebrew Rhapsody

L. Boccherini

Concert no. 7 G Major, G 480
Concert no. 9 B flat Major, G 482

J. Brahms

Double concert a minor op. 102

E. Denissov

Variations on a theme by Haydn (1982)

H. Dutilleux

Concert “Toute un monde lointain” (1970)

A. Dvorak

Concert b minor op. 104

E. Elgar

Concert e minor op. 85

J. Francaix

“Variations de concert” for cello and strings

J. Haydn

Concert C Major, Hob. VIIb: 1
Concert D Major, Hob. VIIb: 2

H. Henze

Ode an den Westwind

A. Honegger

Concert (1929)

E. Lalo

Concert d minor

W. Lutoslawski

Concert (1970)

F. Martin

Ballade for cello and small orchestra (1949)

B. Martinu

Concert no. 2 (1945)

N. Miaskowski

Concert c minor op. 66

D. Milhaud

Concert no. 1

M.G. Monn

Concert G Major

S. Prokofiev

Sinfonia concertante op. 125 (1950)

O. Respighi

Adagio con variationi

C. Saint-Saëns

Concert a minor op. 33

A. Schnittke

Concert no. 1 (1986)

O. Schoeck

Concert op. 61 (1947) for cello and strings

A. Schoenberg

Concert D Major

R. Schumann

Concert a minor op. 129

D. Schostakowitsch

Concert no. 1 op. 107 (1959) Concert no. 2 op. 126 (1966)

R. Strauss

Don Quixote op. 35

P.I. Tschaikovsky

Rococo-Variations op. 33
Pezzo capriccioso op. 62

H. Vieuxtemps

Concert no. 1 a minor op. 46
Concert no. 2 b minor op. 50

Sir W. Walton

Concert (1957)

B.A. Zimmermann

“Canto di speranza” (1957) for cello and small orchestra “Pas de trois”

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Gustav Rivinius plays de Falla El amor brucho

Gustav Rivinius and the Arkas Trio

Gustav Rivinius – Masterclass at the Conservatori del Liceu

Gustav Rivinius and the Orkestra Akademik Başkent

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