Gustav Rivinius gained worldwide attention after winning the Gold Medal at the 1990 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (the first German to do so). Consistently cited for his virtuosity, expressiveness and intelligence, he performs extensively as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.
In North America, he has appeared with the symphonies of Vancouver, Quebec, Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Colorado, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Syracuse, Louisville, Phoenix, Kansas City and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. In addition to a tour of Japan with the Moscow Philharmonic, Mr. Rivinius’s European engagements include the London Philharmonia, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. His many festival appearances include Chautauqua, Echternach and Schleswig-Holstein.
An avid chamber musician, Gustav Rivinius founded the highly acclaimed Trio da Salò with Ani Kavafian, violin, and Barbara Westphal, viola, in 1997. As a recitalist, he has performed throughout Europe and at prestigious venues in Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and New York.
In addition to the Tchaikovsky Gold Medal, Mr. Rivinius has won the Rostropovich Prize in Paris, the ARD in Munich and the Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin. His teachers include Heinrich Schiff and Zara Nelsova.