Gustav Rivinius
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“Gustav Rivinius is a cellist with a golden touch…as [he] began to play, the level of his artistry was stunning. He was totally absorbed in music-making – every note had meaning, and every phrase breathed with real beauty.”


Cincinnati Symphony




Consistently cited for his virtuosity, expressiveness, and intelligence, Gustav Rivinius performs extensively as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.  He first gained worldwide attention after winning the Gold Medal at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, the first German artist to receive that honor.  In North America, Mr. Rivinius has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Buffalo, Cincinnati, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Quebec, St. Louis, Syracuse, and the National Symphony in Washington D.C.  European engagements include the Bamberg Symphony, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Dresdner Philharmonie, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, and the Zurich Tonhalle.


An avid chamber musician, Gustav Rivinius founded the highly acclaimed Trio da Salò with Ani Kavafian, violin, and Barbara Westphal, viola, in 1997.  He also collaborates with other distinguished colleagues such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, and Sharon Kam.  As a recitalist, he has performed throughout Europe and at prestigious venues in Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and New York.


Mr. Rivinius has recorded sonatas by Brahms, Bach, and B.A. Zimmermann for Harmonia Mundi, as well as Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas for Cologne Radio.  In addition to the Tchaikovsky Gold Medal, he has won the Rostropovich Prize in Paris, the ARD in Munich, and the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin.


Born in 1965, Gustav Rivinius grew up in a musical family.  He began studying cello with Hermann Dirr in Munich at the age of six.  His principal teachers include Zara Nelsova (at The Juilliard School) and Heinrich Schiff.

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