Paul Rivinius, b. 1970, received his first piano lessons at the age of five. His first teachers were Gustav Grosch in Munich and Alexander Sellier, Walter Blankenheim and Nerine Barrett at the Academy of Music in Saarbrücken. After high school, he went on to study French horn with Marie-Luise Neunecker and piano with Raymond Havenith at the University of Music in Frankfurt.
In 1994, Rivinius became a student of pianist Gerhard Oppitz at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where he graduated with distinction in 1998. For many years, Rivinius was a member of the German Federal Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. He enjoyed considerable success with the Clemente Trio, an award-winning ensemble founded in 1986. In 1998, the Clemente Trio won the prestigious ARD Music Competition in Munich and was subsequently selected as a “Rising Star” ensemble, resulting in guest appearances in major concert venues around the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall, London.
Paul Rivinius plays alongside his brothers Benjamin, Gustav and Siegfried in the Rivinius Piano Quartet and, since 2004, in the Mozart Piano Quartet. From 2002 until 2010, Rivinius was a teacher and professor of chamber music at the University of the Arts (UdK) and at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.