The Child and the Birth of the New Man is performed during the presentation day for new Swedish music organized by the Society of Swedish Composers. In the video is also an interview (in Swedish) with the composer.
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.
David Riebe is a composer from Lund, Sweden. He has studied with Luca Francesconi, Rolf Martinsson, Kent Olofsson and Staffan Storm at the Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden 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.
Since 2015, Riebe is a member of FST, Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare (The Society of Swedish Composers).
Prizes in composition competitions
On September 20, 2016, Riebe won Third Prize at the Andrey Petrov Composition Competition (picture) 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. A video recording made by Leonid Toropov is available on Youtube.
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.
Lund Contemporary – festival for new music
Since 2016, Riebe is Artistic Director of Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary music in Lund, with Lund University as main organizer. The festival has taken place four times: in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2023. A new edition is planned for February 2025. Read more on the Lund Contemporary homepage.
The festival has been a big audience success, with 1350-1600 visitors each time, and has offered a varied program with local musicians as well as more distant guests.
Presentation days for new Swedish orchestral music
Music by Riebe has previously been performed at the 2017 Presentation Day.
Grants and scholarships
Riebe has received the working grant of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2020 and 2016, the STIM Grant (STIM-stipendium) and the composition scholarship of the Annik and Lars Leander foundation in 2015, the local scholarship of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2014 and the Culture Grant of the city of Lund in 2012.
Riebe has recently finished the composition Kostymen sys i det tysta for Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, who received funds from the Swedish Art Council (Kulturrådet) for the commission. The work had its world premiere on November 23, 2022, and the ensemble has performed it on several occations since then. Riebe is currently working on two saxophone duos for members of the quartet.
He is also composing a piano concerto for his long-time collaboration partner, pianist Fredrik Schützer. The concerto is partly financed by the Grand Piano Grant (Stora Pianostipendiet) of the Malmö Academy of Music.
He has also an ongoing collaboration with Grammy nominated British violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved where he has composed solo violin works for Sheppard Skærved, inspired by the violinist's own paintings.
Riebe's music has been performed by BBC Singers, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Västerås Sinfonietta, Jönköping Sinfonietta and the Swedish Wind Ensemble (Stockholms läns blåsarsymfoniker). He has also composed music for Trio Poing (Norway), New European Ensemble (the Netherlands), Ensemble Nordlys (Denmark) and the London-based Kreutzer Quartet.
He has also received commissions from Odeum Music Center at Lund University, Lunds stadsorkester and Lund University Academic Orchestra (Akademiska kapellet), and he had a long collaboration with the Nordic Youth Orchestra 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 as part of the orchestra's tour there. This included 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, B. Tommy Andersson, Ruth Reinhardt, Michael Bartosch, Leif Karlsson, Arkady Steinlucht, Christian Karlsen, Andreas Lönnqvist, Christoffer Nobin, Patrik Andersson and Cecilia Martin-Löf. Outside Sweden, his music has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Norway, Denmark, and Turkey.