David Riebe (born 1988) grew up in Torna Hällestad outside Lund in southern Sweden. At the age of five he started playing the violin and when he was nine he began to take lessons at Kulturskolan (school for music and arts) in Lund. His interest in composing has always been present and as a high school exam project he composed a violin concerto.
After high school, he studied two years at the conservatoire program of Kulturskolan (2007-2009), with composition and violin as main subjects. At the same time he studied musicology at Lund University.
Riebe received both his Bachelor's Degree and his Master's Degree in composition at the Malmö Academy of Music (Lund University) where he studied 2009-2015 after also having been accepted at the academies in Stockholm and Gothenburg. His teachers were Luca Francesconi, Rolf Martinsson, Staffan Storm, Kent Olofsson, among others. During autumn 2014 he studied with Michele Tadini and Philippe Hurel at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Dance in Lyon. He also has a Bachelor's Degree in musicology from Lund University (2014).
Since 2015 Riebe is a member of FST, Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare (The Society of Swedish Composers).
In January 2019, Riebes orchestral piece Magma was performed by Malmö Symphony Orchestra with conductor Ruth Reinhardt. In 2017 Drops of Stem Cells for string orchestra was performed by Musica Vitae during a presentation day for new Swedish orchestral music, organized by the Society of Swedish Composers.
Riebe won Third Prize at the 2016 Andrey Petrov Composition Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the orchestral piece Magma from 2015. The six selected finalist compositions were performed by St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra during a concert in St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall.
He also won the Second Prize at Uppsala Tonsättartävling (Uppsala Composition Competition) in March 2014 with his sinfonietta piece Geopoliticus Child, performed by Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.
Riebe has received the Working Grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2016, the STIM Grant (STIM-stipendium) and the composition scholarship of the Annik and Lars Leander foundation in 2015, the local grant of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2014 and the Culture Grant of the city of Lund in 2012.
During his study years Riebe composed music for the BBC Singers, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Jönköping Sinfonietta, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Trio Poing (Norway), New European Ensemble (the Netherlands), Ensemble Nordlys (Denmark) and the London-based Kreutzer Quartet.
He has also received commissions from Lunds Stadsorkester (Lund City Orchestra) and Akademiska Kapellet (Lund University Academic Orchestra) and he has had a long collaboration with the Nordic Youth Orchestra in Lund which premiered his music in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In 2010, the Lund University Academic Orchestra performed Riebe's Tuba Concerto in the United States, including a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Riebe has worked with conductors such as Stefan Solyom, Mika Eichenholz, Paul Mägi, Ruth Reinhardt, Michael Bartosch, Leif Karlsson, Arkady Steinlucht, Christian Karlsen, Andreas Lönnqvist, Christoffer Nobin and Patrik Andersson. Outside Sweden his music has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Norway, Denmark, and Turkey.
Since 2016 Riebe is producer and artistic coordinator of Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary music in Lund with Lund University as main organizer.
Video from the performance at the Andrey Petrov Composition Competition in the St Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall where Riebe won third prize. The video is made by the russian filmmaker Leonid Toropov.