The parcitipating composers at Uppsala Composition Competition 2014 where David Riebe won second prize, with Riebe second from the right.

Peter Sheppard Skaerved performing Riebe's Song of the Thames-daughters at the 2014 Connect Festival. In the background Sheppard Skaerved's painting The First Winter Morning from 2012.


With his sinfonietta piece Geopoliticus Child, inspired by a Salvador Dalí painting, Riebe won the second prize at the 2014 edition of Uppsala Tonsättartävling (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, 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, painted in his home by the Thames river. Read more at Sheppard Skaerved's homepage. The piece was premiered on November 22, at Moderna Museet in Malmö, during Connect Festival 2014 (lower picture).

          Riebe spent the autumn semester of 2014 in Lyon, France, studying with professors Michele Tadini and Philippe Hurel at Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse (CNSMD).


As projects at the Academy of Music during the 2012/2013 academic year, Riebe composed pieces for Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (premiered on May 8, 2013 at the Helsingborg concert hall conducted by Christoffer Nobin), and Jönköping Sinfonietta (May 15 at Kulturhuset Spira in Jönköping with conductor Leif Karlsson).

          On March 17, Odeum at Lund University hosted a concert (right picture below) with music only by Riebe, including three first performances. The musicians were Fredrik Schützer on piano and Ivona Grbavac on flute.

          In April 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. 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.

The 2013 version of the annual Connect Festival for contemporary Music in Malmö took place in October. Riebe's piece Dalí I-III, inspired by three Salvador Dalí paintings (left picture below), was premiered by New European Ensemble (the Netherlands) with conductor Christian Karlsen on October 26 at Moderna Museet in Malmö. On October 23, pianist Jonas Olsson performed music by Riebe in Liljeforssalen, Malmö Academy of Music.

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.

The Face of War by Salvador Dalí, one of three paintings which inspired Riebe's piece Dalí I-III for New European Ensemble.

Riebe with pianist Fredrik Schützer preparing the piece Konkav/Konvex for piano and electronics, for a concert at Odeum in Lund in March 2013.

Poster for David Riebe's and Simon Söfelde's Bachelor's graduation concert in May 2012.


In spring 2012 David Riebe recieved his Bachelor's Degree in composition, hosting a graduation concert together with his classmate Simon Söfelde (picture). The concert took place in Rosenbergsalen at the Malmö Academy on May 26. Riebe's composition Searching Dance had its first performance at the concert, with Gustav Melander on trumpet and Mikael Bengtsson on percussion. The electronic piece Escaliers Mécaniques from 2011 was also performed.

          As a project at the Academy of Music, Riebe composed the piece Fantasia for Wind Orchestra for the Swedish Wind Ensembe (Stockholms Läns Blåsarsymfoniker) which was performed in March at Radiohuset in Stockholm, conducted by Michael Bartosch.

          Another project through the Academy was a piece for the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra which was performed in May at De Geerhallen in Norrköping. Also here Michael Bartosch was the conductor. This piece, Dimensions II, was in fact a revision of the double concerto Dimensions from 2011, making it a pure orchestra piece.

At the 2012 Connect Festival, 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. The piece, based on the poem The Ship of Death by D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), was recorded by the choir in London two years later (see above). Later at the same festival, at Inter Arts Center in Malmö, Trio Poing from Norway premiered Three Glimpses of Perplexity, a piece composed for saxophone, accordeon and double bass.

On March 25, Peter Sheppard Skærved, principal violinist of the Kreutzer Quartet, performed Riebe's piece A Cat, a Warrior, and a Tortoise (which he had premiered in 2011), in Levinsalen at Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo.

Performance of David Riebe's double concerto Dimensions, for tuba, double bass and orchestra, with the Nordic Youth Orchestra in Lund.


For the 2011 Connect Festival, the Academy of Music had a collaboration with the London-based string quartet Kreutzer Quartet. The Kreutzers performed Riebe's String Quartet No. 1 - Paradoxes at a concert on October 14. In May, the quartet's first violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved had performed the solo violin piece A Cat, A Warrior, and A Tortoise at a concert at the Academy of Music. Riebe also participated in a workshop with the Kreutzer Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in London in March 2012, where his string quartet was once again performed. Besides on the "Listen" page of this homepage, recording of A Cat, A Warrior, and A Tortoise is also available on Peter Sheppard Skaerved's website.

In June 2011, the dancer Jane Nyman created coreography for Riebe's electronic piece Air: Resonance as part of a collaboration between the Malmö Academy of Music composition department, Skånes Dansteater, and ABF Lomma. A video recording was made by Peder Nilsson at Skånes Dansteater with Jane Nyman herself dancing.

In April, Lunds ungdomsorkester (Lund Youth Orchestra) premiered the piece Ceiling Paintings at Stadshallen in Lund, conducted by Carin Hallberg, and in May two new electroacoustic pieces by Riebe were premiered at Inter Arts Center in Malmö: Gnomus: Rebirth - Homage to M & R and Escaliers Mécaniques.

          In the beginning of the summer, 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 (picture). Conductor was Mika Eichenholz.

On December 3, Riebe's piano suite Direction, inspired by various physical and chemical processes, was premiered by Fredrik Schützer at Skissernas Museum in Lund.

Lund University Academic Orchestra and tubaist Niklas Dahlstrand playing Riebe´s Tuba Concerto at the Millennium Stage of  Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC in June 2010.

The painting Robert Smithson by Alice Neel, which inspired Riebe's guitar piece The Concerned Man.


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.

          On May 29, 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 June the orchestra brought the piece on a tour to the United States, with a concert at the Millennium Stage at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC (upper picture). This concert was video-broadcasted live at the Kennedy Center website.

          The same summer, the Nordic Youth Orchestra premiered Riebe's concert overture The Grail 1492, with conductor Mika Eichenholz.

During the Connect Festival in October, Riebe's Om sanning och subjektivitet ("On Truth and Subjectivity"), for mezzo-soprano and piano with texts by Søren Kierkegaard, was premiered by Johanna Rudström and Conny Antonov in the Caroli Chuch in Malmö.

           The same month, Rasmus Vamos Fecher premiered the short piece The Concerned Man for solo guitar, inspired by the painting Robert Smithson (lower picture) by American artist Alice Neel. The performance was a part of the Music And Art Around Festival and the piece was performed at the ongoing Alice Neel exhibition at Moderna Museet in Malmö, next to the painting it was inspired by.

Riebe conducting the tuba concertino Dr. Tuba in 2009 during the traditional Nattväktaren ("Night Watch") performance at the roof of  the City Hall entrance in Lund.

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. This was the first time a piece by Riebe was publicly performed.

          In 2009, the same orchestra premiered two works by Riebe: a suite for flute, clarinet, piano and string orchestra, based on his music for the short movie My Friend by Gustav Gribel, and the concertino Dr. Tuba, for tuba and string orchestra.

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