David Riebe is a composer from Lund, Sweden, who has studied with Luca Francesconi, Rolf Martinsson and Staffan Storm at the Malmö Academy of Music and with Michele Tadini and Philippe Hurel at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse in Lyon, France. He has a Master's Degree in Composition from the Malmö Academy of Music.
In November 2015 Riebe was elected a member of FST, Föreningen svenska tonsättare (Society of Swedish Composers).
On January 24 and 25, 2019, Malmö Symphony Orchestra will perform Riebe's piece "Magma" from 2015.
On September 20, 2016, Riebe won Third Prize at the Andrey Petrov Composition Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with the orchestral piece "Magma". The six selected finalist compositions were performed by St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra with conductor Arkady Steinlucht during a concert in St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall.
On June 8, 2017, Riebe's newly composed work "Drops of Stem Cells" for string orchestra was performed by Musica Vitae during a presentation day of new Swedish orchestral music organized by the Swedish Society of Composers.
Riebe recently finished a piece for orchestra, choir and brass band, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Lund University music department Odeum. The piece had its first performance in November 2017. He is currently working on a piano concerto for Fredrik Schützer and is the project coordinator for Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary music in Lund, with Lund University as main organiser. The first time the festival took place was 3-5 Februari 2017 and a new festival is planned for February 2019.
On February 12, 2017, Lunds stadsorkester (Lund City Orchestra) performed the orchestral fanfare "Time Reflections", first performed in 2015 during the orchestra's 50th anniversary. The concert took place in the Lund City Hall with conductor Roger Andersson.
With his sinfonietta piece "Geopoliticus Child", inspired by a Salvador Dalí painting, Riebe won the second prize at Uppsala Tonsättartävling (Uppsala Composition Competition) in March 2014.
Riebe has received the working grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2016, scholarship from Stim (the International Bureau of Swedish Composers) and the composition scholarship of Stiftelsen Annik och Lars Leander in 2015, the local scholarship of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2014 and the Culture Scholarship of the city of Lund in 2012.
Riebe has also 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 had a long collaboration with the Nordic Youth Orchestra in Lund, who premiered his music in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Riebe has worked with conductors such as Stefan Solyom, Mika Eichenholz, Paul Mägi, 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.
During spring 2010, the Lund University Academic Orchestra performed Riebe's Tuba Concerto in the US, as part of the orchestra's tour there, including a concert at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. A video of this concert is available streamed at the Kennedy Center website (link to the right).
Most of Riebe's production is available on Soundcloud.
Biography and timeline
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 conservatory of Kulturskolan (2007-2009), with composition and violin as main subjects. At the same time he studied musicology at Lund University and also took composition lessons with Patrik Andersson, Director of Music at Lund University.
Riebe received both his Bachelor's Degree and his Master's Degree in Composition at the Malmö Academy of Music 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.
He also has a Bachelor's Degree in Musicology from Lund University.
2016 and onwards
On January 24 and 25, 2019, Malmö Symphony Orchestra will perform Riebe's piece "Magma" from 2015.
On June 8, 2017, Riebe's newly composed work Drops of Stem Cells for string orchestra was performed by Musica Vitae during a presentation day of new Swedish orchestral music organized by the Swedish Society of Composers.
On September 20, 2016, Riebe won Third Prize at the 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 with conductor Arkady Steinlucht during a concert in St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall.
Riebe recently finished a short piece for orchestra, choir and brass band, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Lund University music department Odeum. The piece had its first performance in November 2017. He is currently working on a piano concerto for his long-time collaboration partner pianist Fredrik Schützer. David is also project coordinator for Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary music in Lund, with Lund University as main organiser. The first time the festival took place was 3-5 Februari 2017 and a new festival is planned for February 2019.
On February 12, 2017, Lunds stadsorkester (Lund City Orchestra) performed the orchestral fanfare Time Reflections, first performed in 2015 during the orchestra's 50th anniversary. The concert took place in the Lund City Hall with conductor Roger Andersson.
During Connect Festival 2015, November 14 to 22 in Malmö, Riebe had three first performances. He participated with the quartets Impromptu (performed by Reaktion Ensemble on November 14 at Malmö Academy of Music) and A Glimpse of Naraka (performed by Ensemble Nordlys in Skovgaardsalen, Malmö konstmuseum on November 22) and also with one scene for the cabaret Anti-himlakroppar och drömmar which was performed on November 20 at Inter Arts Center.
On October 4, Lunds Stadsorkester (Lund City Orchestra) premiered Riebe's orchestral fanfare "Time Reflections", commissioned for the orchestra's 50th anniversary. Conductor was Andreas Lönnqvist.
On February 12, 2015, Riebe's newly written piece Concave/Convex II: Anamorphosis for piano and electronics had its first performance at Les Subsistances in Lyon, France. Pianist: Félix Dalban-Moreynas. The piece had its Swedish premiere on May 20 at the Malmö Academy of Music with pianist Noel Cudeiro.
Also during spring, as part of Riebe's studies at the Academy of Music Norrköping Symphony Orchestra premiered a piece by the composer (once again). The concert took place at De Geerhallen in Norrköping on May 13, 2015, with conductor Michael Bartosch.
Riebe is one of six young Swedish composers who are interviewed in the article Rising stars 2015 (in Swedish) in Stim-magasinet #1 2015.
With his sinfonietta piece Geopoliticus Child, inspired by a Salvador Dalí painting, Riebe won the second prize at Uppsala Tonsättartävling 2014 (Uppsala Composition Competition). The final was held at Uppsala Konsert och Kongress on March 13. All six finalist pieces were performed by Uppsala Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Mägi.
On July 11 2014 Riebe participated in a workshop with the BBC Singers at the Maida Vale Studios in London. The Choir recorded his piece A Ship of Death from 2012.
During the year Riebe also composed a solo violin piece for British violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, principal violinist in the Kreutzer Quartet, which Riebe had a collaboration with in 2011/2012. The solo piece, with the title Song of the Thames-daughters, is based on three of Sheppard Skaerved's own paintings, made in his home by the River Thames. The piece was premiered on November 22, at Moderna Museet in Malmö, during Connect Festival 2014 (November 19-22 in Malmö).
The 2013 version of the annual Connect Festival, for contemporary Music, in Malmö, took place in October. On the 26:th, at Moderna Muséet in Malmö, Dutch New European Ensemble premiered Riebe's Dali I-III, with conductor Christian Karlsen. On October 23, pianist Jonas Olsson performed music by Riebe in Liljeforssalen, Malmö Academy of Music.
As projects at the Academy of Music during the 2012/2013 academic year, Riebe has composed pieces for Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (premiered on May 8 at the Helsingborg concert hall, conducted by Christoffer Nobin), and Jönköping Sinfonietta (May 15 at Kulturhuset Spira in Jönköping; conductor was Leif Karlsson).
In April 2013, the trumpet class of the Malmö Academy of Music premiered Riebe's piece Isaac Newton, for 2 piccolo trumpets, 5 trumpets in C, and 1 flugelhorn, conducted by Bo Nilsson. Thereafter, the trumpeters also performed the piece in Turkey, at the Borusan Müzik Evi in Istanbul.
The same month, the electroacoustic suite Considering Two Pictures was premiered at Inter Arts Center in Malmö.
On Match 17, 2013, Odeum at Lund University hosted a concert only with music by Riebe, including three first performances. The musicians were Fredrik Schützer on piano and Ivona Grbavac on flute.
Riebe was mentioned in the 2013 annual report of Stim (International bureau of Swedish composers) as one of the Swedish composers with the most premieres during the year.
As part of the Connect festival 2012, Riebe's choral piece A Ship of Death was performed at an open workshop with the BBC Singers in Rosenbergsalen at the Malmö Academy of Music on October 11. The piece is based on the poem The Ship of Death by D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930). The same day, at Inter Arts Center in Malmö, the Norwegian Trio Poing premiered Three Glimpses of Perplexity, a piece composed for saxophone, accordeon and double bass.
During spring 2012, Riebe recieved his Bachelor's Degree in Composition, hosting an exam concert, together with his classmate Simon Söfelde. The concert took place in Rosenbergsalen, at the Academy of Music in Malmö, on May 26th. The piece Searching Dance had its first performance at the concert, with Gustav Melander on trumpet and Mikael Bengtsson on percussion.
As a project at the Academy of Music, Riebe also composed a piece for the Swedish Wind Ensembe (Stockholms Läns Blåsarsymfoniker) which was performed on March 23 2012 at Radiohuset, Studio 2, in Stockholm, conducted by Michael Bartosch.
Another project through the Academy was a piece for the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra which was performed on May 16 at De Geerhallen in Norrköping. Also here, Michael Bartosch was the conductor.
On March 25, Peter Sheppard Skærved performed Riebe's piece A Cat, a Warrior, and a Tortoise (which he had premiered in 2011), in Levinsalen at Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo.
As part of a collaboration between the Academy of Music and the string quartet Kreutzer Quartet, based in London, the Kreutzers performed Riebe's String Quartet No. 1 - Paradoxes, at a concert on October 14, 2011. This concert was produced by the Connect Festival 2011. Peter Sheppard Skærved, the quartet's First Violinist, had already performed the solo violin piece A Cat, A Warrior, and A Tortoise at a concert at the Academy of Music in May 2011. Both pieces are available on Peter Sheppard Skaerved's homepage (as well as on Riebe's Soundcloud and MySpace). Riebe also participated in a workshop with the Kreutzer Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in London, on March 8-9 2012.
During summer 2011, Dimensions, a double concerto for tuba, double bass and orchestra, was premiered by the Nordic Youth Orchestra, with Niklas Dahlstrand and Mattias Hanskov Palm as soloists. Mika Eichenholz was the conductor.
On December 3, 2011, Riebe's piano suite Direction, inspired by different physical and chemical processes, was premiered by Fredrik Schützer at Skissernas Museum in Lund.
In June 2011, the dancer Jane Nyman created coreography for Riebe's piece Air: Resonance as part of a collaboration between the composition education, Skånes Dansteater, and ABF Lomma. A video recording was made by Peder Nilsson at Skånes Dansteater with Jane Nyman herself dancing.
On May 11 2011 two new electroacoustic pieces by Riebe were premiered at the Inter Arts Center in Malmö: Gnomus: Rebirth - Homage to M & R and Escaliers Mécaniques.
In April, Lunds ungdomsorkester (Lund Youth Orchestra) premiered the piece Ceiling Paintings at Stadshallen in Lund, conducted by Carin Hallberg.
On May 29, 2010, Riebe's three movement Tuba Concerto, composed for Niklas Dahlstrand and the Academic Orchestra at Lund University, was premiered in Lund. Conductor was Patrik Andersson. In the beginning of June, the orchestra brought the piece on a tour to the United States, with a concert at the famous John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The Washington concert was video-broadcasted online, live, at the Kennedy Center website.
The same summer, the Nordic Youth Orchestra premiered Riebe's concert overture The Grail 1492, conducted by Mika Eichenholz.
As a part of the Connect Festival 2010 Riebe's Om sanning och subjektivitet ("On Truth and Subjectivity"), for mezzo-soprano and piano, was premiered by Johanna Rudström and Conny Antonov in the Caroli Chuch in Malmö on October 14, 2010.
The same month, Rasmus Vamos Fecher premiered the short piece The Concerned Man, for solo guitar, inspired by the painting Robert Smithson by American artist Alice Neel. The performance was a part of the Music And Art Around Festival and the piece was premiered at the ongoing Alice Neel exhibition at Moderna Muséet in Malmö next to the very picture it was inspired by.
In April 2010, Riebe's Adagio and Scherzo - Dialogue for Solo Clarinet was premiered by Jonas Losciale in Lund, and the short electroacoustic piece Air: Resonance was premiered at the Academy of Music in Malmö. In October, Air: Resonance was also performed at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2008 and 2009
During summer 2008, the Nordic Youth Orchestra premiered two movements from Riebe's The Journey - A Ten Minute Symphony. Conductor was Stefan Solyom.
In 2009, the orchestra premiered two works by Riebe: a suite based on his music for the short movie My Friend by Gustav Gribel, for string orchestra, flute, clarinet and piano, and the concertino Dr. Tuba, for tuba and string orchestra, dedicated to Niklas Dahlstrand, the orchestra's tubaist.
© David Riebe
Performed works by David Riebe registered at the SwedMIC homepage. Buy full scores here.
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.
Link to the season brochure. Riebe's Time Reflections is performed on Februari 12, 2017, in Lunds stadshall (Lund City Hall).
Link to the program folder as PDF. Music by Riebe was performed on November 14, 20 and 22.
London-based violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved writes on his website about the ongoing collaboration with Riebe.
Recording from "Piano marathon" at Palladium in Malmö, Januari 28, 2012. Youtube video.
The First Violinist of the London-based Kreutzer Quartet publish live recordings of Riebe's string quartet "Paradoxes" and the solo piece "A Cat, a Warrior, and a Tortoise" on his website.
Stim (Svenska tonsättares internationella musikbyrå) skriver i sin tidning om Riebes pris i rysk kompositionstävling hösten 2016.
Sydsvenska Dagbladet uppmärksammar Riebes pris i kompositionstävlingen till Andrej Petrovs minne i september 2016.
Tidningen Tonsättaren som ges ut av FST (Föreningen svenska tonsättare) uppmärksammar på sidan 16 Riebes pris i kompositionstävlingen till Andrej Petrovs minne i september 2016.
Link to the season brochure as PDF. Music by Riebe was performed on October 4, 2015.
Pressmeddelande om uruppförandet av Riebes Time Reflections på Lunds stadsorkesters jubileumskonsert 4 oktober 2015, med programkommentar till stycket.
Sydsvenska Dagbladet recenserar Lunds stadsorkesters jubileumskonsert 4 oktober 2015, med uruppförandet av Riebes Time Reflections.
Intervjuer med Riebe och fem andra unga tonsättare i Stims (Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrås) medlemstidning.
Musikhögskolan i Malmö skriver om Riebes andrapris. Kort intervju med tonsättaren.
Skånska Dagbladet uppmärksammar Riebes andrapris i Uppsala tonsättartävling 2014.
Skånska Dagbladet skriver 17/1 2014 om Riebes finalplats i Uppsala Tonsättartävling.
Riebes konsert tillsammans med Fredrik Schützer och Ivona Grbavac, 17/3 2013, i Lunds universitets kalendarium.
Folkbladet skriver om konserten 16 maj 2012, med Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, där bl.a. Riebes "Dimensions II" uruppfördes.
Länk till LUM nr. 5 2010 som pdf. Artikel om Riebes Tubakonsert och Akademiska kapellets USA-turné på sidan 14-15.
Sydsvenska Dagbladet skriver om uruppförandet av Riebes konsertuvertyr "The Grail 1492" med Nordiska Ungdomsorkestern 27 juni 2010.
Sveriges Radio skriver 26/6 2009 om "Nattväktaren" på Lunds Stadshalls entrétak.