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.
In 2017, Riebe's work 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.
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.
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