Enrique Rivas finished his advanced studies in the conservatory “Padre Antonio Soler”, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. He studied violin with F. J. Comesaña, and chamber music with Graham Jackson. After that, he got a scholarship from both the Caixa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to move to Germany and undertake postgraduated studies with Andreas Krecher, in the Advanced Music School in Düsseldorf.

He completed chamber music postgraduate studies specializing in string quartet by the Advanced Music School in Stuttgart, with the Melos Quartet and in the Music School “Reina Sofía”, with Reiner Schmidt. He received chamber music formation with the quartets Enesco, Auryn and Vogler. He has attended to master classes with Zoria Shikhmurzayeva, Nelly Skolnikova, Leon Spierer, Evgueni Bushkov, Joaquín Torre, Marco Rizzi and many other masters.

He was part of the Young National Spanish Orchestra from 1994 to 1997. He has collaborated with many orchestras, as the Spanish National TV Orchestra (RTVE), the Comunidad de Madrid Orchestra, the “Reina Sofía” Orchestra, the Neues Rheinisches Kammerorchester, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and Detmolder Kammerorchester. He has been teacher of the “Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga” Young Orchestra, in Majadahonda.

Enrique Rivas
Enrique Rivas

He has offered concerts in known halls in Spain, France, Germany, China, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Palestine with musicians as José Luís Estellés, Imre Rohmann, Peter Buck, María Kliegel and Daniel del Pino. He has been invited to teach violin and chamber music classes in the Advanced Music Conservatory of Oviedo, Tenerife, Islas Baleares, Musikakademie Sighisoara (Romania), National Music Conservatory Edward Said (Palestine) and the Musical School of Integrated Arts (EMAI) in Costa Rica.

He has recorded the Mendelssohn and Shostakovich octets for the German label Animato, and the Ramón Barce for Verso complete quartets. He has also recorded a CD with Antón García Abril music and pieces from Alejandro Román and Ramón Paus for the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (RTVE).

In the field of research, he completed a master in the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos I, where he presented the work “Contributions of the string quartet to XIX century chamber music”.

The Universidad de Granada invited him to participate in a concert-conference in the International Congress: “Looking for identities: chamber music in the Mediterranean countries during the late 19th and the early 20th century”.

He has a Bachelor Degree in Psycology from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid.

Currently, he is a member of the Duo Hypatia, together with the pianist Elena de Santos, and violin teacher in the Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Teresa Berganza”, in Madrid.

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