Gustav Rivinius is the first and only German musician to win the first prize gold medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow (1990).
Among the many highlights of his outstanding career, Gustav Rivinius has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorin Maazel, Ingo Metzmacher and Hans Zender.
He has worked with directors such as Marek Janowski, Christoph Eschenbach and Dmitri Kitajenko. He has also played with the orchestras of Lisbon, Toulouse, Languedoc, Lyon, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, as well as in Lucerne with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Gustav Rivinius has performed with symphony orchestras at the German radio, as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, the Leipziger Gewandhausorchester and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin.
Along with his work as a soloist, Gustav Rivinius has a great activity in chamber music. He regularly plays alongside his brothers in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and performs with his brother Paul on the piano. Gustav Rivinius also participates annually in the Heimbach Spannungen festival, where he performs alongside musicals Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas, Isabelle Faust and Sharon Kam, having participated in numerous CD recordings of the festival.
Gustav Rivinius is a professor at the University of Music in Saarbrücken and since 2014 has been teaching at the Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands). He regularly gives master classes at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and is also a member of the jury for major music competitions, such as the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow.
In 2018 he was invited for the first time to give master classes and a concert at Liceu Cambra Masterclasses & Concerts.