External links

(some in Swedish)


David Riebe on Svensk Musik (Swedish Music Information Center)»

Performed works by David Riebe registered at the SwedMIC homepage. Buy full scores here.

Listen to Riebe's solo violin music at Peter Sheppard Skaerved's website»

Recording from the concert when Grammy nominated violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved premieres Riebe's Coffee by the Plague Pit, in London in 2019.

David Riebes opus är en mastodontisk urladdning -»

Sydsvenska Dagbladets recensent Matti Edén skriver om Malmö Symfoniorkesters konsert 24 januari 2019 där Riebes orkesterstycke Magma framfördes.


VIDEO: "Magma" is performed by St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Youtube)»

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 in the Society of Swedish Composers»

Biography and information about Riebe on the website of FST, the Society of Swedish Composers (Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare).


Lund Contemporary (Lund University)»

Since 2016, Riebe is the producer of Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary classical music organized by Lund University in collaboration with several regional music institutions.


David Riebe på bronsplats i internationell kompositionstävling - Stim-magasinet #1 2017 (»

Stim (Svenska tonsättares internationella musikbyrå) skriver i sin tidning om Riebes pris i rysk kompositionstävling hösten 2016.


Lund Contemporary lockade storpublik -»

Lunds universitet skriver om publiksuccén Lund Contemporary 2017 som Riebe var huvudproducent för.


Lunds Stadsorkester 2016/17 season brochure, in Swedish (»

Link to the season brochure. Riebe's Time Reflections is performed on Februari 12, 2017, in Lunds stadshall (Lund City Hall).


Lundatonsättare vann pris i Ryssland -»

Sydsvenska Dagbladet uppmärksammar Riebes pris i kompositionstävlingen till Andrej Petrovs minne i september 2016.


Tonsättaren nr. 3 2016 (pdf)»

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.


Connect Festival 2015, program folder (pdf)»

Link to the program folder as PDF, on the website of the Malmö Academy of Music. Music by Riebe was performed on November 14, 20 and 22.


Lunds Stadsorkester uruppför musik av lundatonsättare -»

Pressmeddelande om uruppförandet av Riebes Time Reflections på Lunds stadsorkesters jubileumskonsert 4 oktober 2015, med programkommentar till stycket.


Respekt till mångsidig orkester -»

Sydsvenska Dagbladet recenserar Lunds stadsorkesters jubileumskonsert 4 oktober 2015, med uruppförandet av Riebes Time Reflections.


Rising stars 2015 - Stim-magasinet #1 2015 (»

Intervjuer med Riebe och fem andra unga tonsättare i Stims (Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrås) medlemstidning.


Jubilee season brochure of Lunds stadsorkester, in Swedish (»

Link to the season brochure as PDF. Music by Riebe was performed on October 4, 2015.


David Riebe tog andraplatsen i Uppsala tonsättartävling 2014»

Musikhögskolan i Malmö skriver om Riebes andrapris. Kort intervju med tonsättaren.


Tonsättare prisades -»

Skånska Dagbladet uppmärksammar Riebes andrapris i Uppsala tonsättartävling 2014.


Collaboration with Peter Sheppard Skaerved»

London-based violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved writes on his website about the ongoing collaboration with Riebe (in 2014).


Tog hjälp av Dali för att skapa musik»

Skånska Dagbladet skriver 17/1 2014 om Riebes finalplats i Uppsala Tonsättartävling.

2013 annual report of STIM (»

David Riebe is mentioned in the annual report of the International Bureau of Swedish Composers (STIM), as one of the Swedish composers with most pieces premiered during 2013.


VIDEO: Fredrik Schützer from LIMUS plays "Decay" from "Direction" by David Riebe (Youtube)»

Recording from "Piano marathon" at Palladium in Malmö, Januari 28, 2012. Youtube video.


Nyskrivet från Lund - Lunds universitet»

Riebes konsert tillsammans med Fredrik Schützer och Ivona Grbavac, 17/3 2013, i Lunds universitets kalendarium.


David Riebe on Peter Sheppard Skaerveds website»

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.


Hopp om framtiden -»

Folkbladet skriver om konserten 16 maj 2012, med Norrköpings Symfoniorkester, där bl.a. Riebes Dimensions II uruppfördes.


Lunds universitets magasin nr. 5 2010 (pdf)»

Länk till LUM nr. 5 2010 som pdf. Artikel om Riebes Tubakonsert och Akademiska kapellets USA-turné på sidan 14-15.


Spännande dag för ung kompositör -»

Sydsvenska Dagbladet skriver om uruppförandet av Riebes konsertuvertyr The Grail 1492 med Nordiska Ungdomsorkestern 27 juni 2010.

Riebe's piece Magma is performed during the Andrey Petrov Composition Competition in Saint Petersburg where it won Third Prize.

2016 and 2017

On September 20, 2016, Riebe won Third Prize at the Andrey Petrov Composition Competition (picture above) 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. Video recording, made by Leonid Toropov, is available on Youtube.

Since 2016, Riebe is project coordinator and producer of Lund Contemporary, a festival for contemporary music in Lund, with Lund University as main organizer. The first time the festival took place was in Februari 2017. Lund Contemporary 2017 was a big audience success, with about 1600 visits in total. View the entire program here.

On February 12, 2017, Lunds Stadsorkester (Lund City Orchestra) performed the orchestral fanfare Time Reflections (first performed in 2015 as a commission for the orchestra's 50th anniversary). The concert took place in the Lund City Hall with conductor Roger Andersson.

On June 8, Riebe's string orchestra piece Drops of Stem Cells was performed by Musica Vitae during the presentation day for new Swedish orchestral music organized by the Society of Swedish Composers.The title of the piece refers to the stem cell transplantation the composer underwent in the summer of 2016.

In the autumn of 2017, Riebe composed a piece for the unusual and large-scale ensemble combination of symphonic orchestra, choir and brass band, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Lund University music department Odeum. The piece had its first performance during a festive jubilee concert in the University Hall in November that year.

David Riebe (middle) together with the Nordlys Quartet at Connect Festival 2015. Photo: Cecilia Damström.


David Riebe had his Master's Degree in composition at Malmö Academy of Music in June 2015. In November he was elected a member of Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare, FST (the Society of Swedish Composers).

          He was also one of six young Swedish composers who were interviewed in the article Rising stars 2015 in Stim-magasinet #1 2015.

On February 12, Riebe's piece Concave/Convex II: Anamorphosis for piano and electronics, composed during his studies at Conservatoire National Supérieur (CNSMD) in Lyon the autumn semester of 2014, had its first performance at Les Subsistances in Lyon. Pianist: Félix Dalban-Moreynas. View the program at the CNSMD website.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 once again premiered a piece by the composer (last time was in 2012). The concert took place at De Geerhallen in Norrköping on May 13 with conductor Michael Bartosch. The composition, Magma, was part of Riebe's master's thesis project at the Mailmö Academy of Music. Read more about the concert at the homepage of the orchestra.

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.

          During Connect Festival 2015 in Malmö in November, Riebe had three first performances. He participated with the two quartets Impromptu (performed by Reaktion Ensemble at the Malmö Academy of Music) and A Glimpse of Naraka (performed by Ensemble Nordlys in Skovgaardsalen, Malmö konstmuseum), and also with one scene for the art music cabaret Anti-himlakroppar och drömmar which was performed at Inter Arts Center. Read more: Program booklet (pdf) | Reaktion concert | Nordlys concert |

Cabaret: Anti-himlakroppar och drömmar |

2018 and onwards

On September 15, 2018, during the Culture Night ("Kulturnatten") in Lund, pianist Fredrik Schützer premiered David Riebe's piece Preludium for solo piano in the Lund University Hall. The concert was organized by Riebe and Schützer and hosted by Odeum at Lund University. It was also included in the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Society of Swedish Composers, and besides works by Riebe, a number of other contemporary Swedish compositions were performed.

On January 24, 2019, Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performed David Riebe's piece Magma from 2015. Conductor was Ruth Reinhardt. More information at the MSO website.

Peter Sheppard Skærved's painting, the source of inspiration for Riebe's solo violin composition Coffee by the Plague Pit. Courtesy of the artist.

Shortly thereafter, on February 7-10, the second edition of the festival Lund Contemporary (for which Riebe is the producer and coordinator) took place. The festival, which is a collaboration between a number of regional music institutions, included concerts, with over 30 premieres of new compositions, as well as lectures and panel discussions.

On September 19, 2019, Grammy nominated British violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved premiered Riebe's new solo violin composition Coffee by the Plague Pit, inspired by the painting Plague Pit No More: Conversation and Coffee in the Sunshine by Sheppard Skærved himself (see picture above). The painting shows a few people at Charterhouse Square in London, a place which was the site of the largest plague pit in the city during the Black Death. The concert took place at the chapel of The Charterhouse, just next to the square.

In addition, Riebe is currently working on a piano concerto for Fredrik Schützer. The concerto is partly financed by the Grand Piano Grant (Stora Pianostipendiet) of the Malmö Academy of Music.

Much of the music mentioned below

is avalable on the LISTEN page.


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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