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Gustav Rivinius

“In this context, the performer’s chordal playing proves to be of unsurpassed brilliance, starting with the wonderfully powerful, finely graduated bow hand and ending with flawless intonation. It seems as if there were at least four hands at work at the same time, and it is astonishing how natural the cellist, with a relaxed smile on his lips, lets the bow bounce over the strings in a playful and spirited manner, as if he wanted to dance with his instrument.”

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 under Vaclav Neumann, and in a gala marking the 50th anniversary of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, where he has since been invited back as soloist many times.

In the US, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and with orchestras in Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and with the Houston Symphony. In Seoul, he performed 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, Toulouse, Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, as well as in Lucerne with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Gustav Rivinius has appeared with all of Germany’s radio symphony orchestras as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester and the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin.

Along with his solo work, Gustav Rivinius devotes himself 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, where he performs alongside his muscial friends Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam, and in numerous festival CD recordings.

Rivinius 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. This label also released Gustav Rivinius’ performance of the Cello Concerto by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari accompanied by the Frankfurt Radio Sympony Orchstra under Alan Francis, and Henze’s Ode to the West Wind featuring the RSO Saarbrücken conducted by Stanislaw Skrowaczewki was released by Arte Nova. Gustav Rivinius recorded the Brahms Clarinet Trio along with Sharon Kam and Martin Helmchen for Berlin Classics.

For many years Gustav Rivinius has been a Professor at the University of Music in Saarbrücken. He is co-founder of the Kammermusiktage Mettlach and thus has influenced the musical landscape of his native Saarland for over 30 years. He teaches a number of masterclasses regularly, including at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and is a regular juror at major music competitions, including the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Season 2023/2024 | Photo: Jean M. Laffitau | Quote: Wochenblatt, February 14th 2022
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Gustav Rivinius in Romania

14 February 2022

This week Gustav Rivinius is travelling to Romania. In the city of Iaşi, where the Classix Festival is taking place, he will present a masterclass as well as […] more ...

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 ...

Gustav Rivinius’ Orchestra Focus

23 November 2023

In the 25/26 season, Gustav Rivinius will focus on four concertos for violoncello and orchestra, honouring a selection of composers, regardless of their recognition, and giving expression to […] more ...

Duo Gustav and Paul Rivinius

3 November 2023

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

Rivinius PianoQuartet

5 October 2023

Paul Rivinius | Piano Siegfried Rivinius | Violin Benjamin Rivinius | Viola Gustav Rivinius | Violoncello Program Schubert Quartet in F major D 487 A. Bax Quartet in […] more ...

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Tripel concerto C Major op. 56

E. Bloch
Schelomo, Hebrew Rhapsody

L. Boccherini
Concerto No. 7 G Major, G 480
Concerto No. 9 B flat Major, G 482

Double concerto A minor op. 102

E. Denissov
Variations on a theme by Haydn (1982)

Concerto Toute un monde lointain (1970)

Concert B minor op. 104

Concerto E minor op. 85

J. Francaix
Variations de concert for cello and strings

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

H. Henze
Ode an den Westwind

A. Honegger
Concerto (1929)

E. Lalo
Concerto D minor

Concerto (1970)

F. Martin
Ballade for violoncello and small orchestra (1949)

Concerto No. 2 (1945)

N. Miaskowski
Concert C minor op. 66

D. Milhaud
Concert No. 1

M.G. Monn
Concerto G Major

Sinfonia concertante op. 125 (1950)

O. Respighi
Adagio con variationi

Concerto A minor op. 33

A. Schnittke
Concerto No. 1 (1986)

O. Schoeck
Concerto op. 61 (1947) for violoncello and strings

Concerto D Major

R. Schumann
Concerto A minor op. 129

Concerto No. 1 op. 107 (1959)
Concerto No. 2 op. 126 (1966)

R. Strauss
Don Quixote op. 35

Rococo-Variations op. 33
Pezzo capriccioso op. 62

H. Vieuxtemps
Concerto No. 1 a minor op. 46
Concerto No. 2 b minor op. 50

Sir W. Walton
Concerto (1957)

B. A. Zimmermann
Canto di speranza (1957) for cello and small orchestra Pas de trois

Romantik Uçlüler
Turina: Piano trio No. 2 in B minor op. 76
Piazzolla: Oblivion
F. Mendelssohn: Piano trio No. 1 in D minor op. 49
Partners: Tuncay Yilmaz (violin), Emre Elivar (piano)
AK1802-02 (2018)

Mozart, Brahms & Reger
Clarinet quintets
Partners: Sharon Kam (clarinet), Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Ulrike-Anima Mathe (violin), Volker Jacobsen (viola)
Berlin Classics 0300643 BC (2015)

Sonatas and trios
Partners: Sharon Kam (clarinet), Martin Helmchen (piano)
Berlin Classics 0016382BC (2009) 

Cello concerto, op. 31
Partners: Alun Francis (conductor), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
CPO278 (1996)

Gustav Rivinius – Shostakovich Cello Concert No. 2

Gustav Rivinius and the Orkestra Akademik Başkent

Gustav Rivinius and Håvard Gimse – Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 3 A major op. 69

Gustav Rivinius & Chopin’s Cello Sonata

Gustav Rivinius plays de Falla El amor brucho

Gustav Rivinius and the Arkas Trio

Gustav Rivinius – Masterclass at the Conservatori del Liceu

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