Christian Rivet

French guitarist, lutenist, composer and conductor

Trained guitarist, Christian Rivet is also a lutenist, composer and conductor. His encounter with the lutenist Hopkinson Smith at the beginning of his musical training profoundly marked his reflection towards ancient and modern instruments.

Christian Rivet studied guitar, conducting, composition and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Metz. Admitted in 1984 to the CNSMDP of Paris in the class of Alexandre Lagoya, he won the first prize for guitar and chamber music before receiving guidance from guitarist Alvaro Pierri and flutists Michel Debost and Aurèle Nicolet.

Punctuated by remarkable encounters, including Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös and Pascal Dusapin, Christian Rivet’s career developed in France and abroad as a soloist or alongside his partners Emmanuel Pahud, the Sine Nomine Quartet, Michel Portal and Laurent Korcia.

In addition to his career as a performer, Christian Rivet notably composes, for the theatre, and teaches guitar and chamber music. Constantly fascinated by the links between old and modern music, he brings together composers such as Robert de Visée and André Jolivet, or more recently John Dowland, Benjamin Britten and The Beatles.

In 2013, he worked in collaboration with composers Philippe Hersant and Brice Pauset to expand the guitar and lute repertoire.

Five landmark dates in the life of Christian Rivet:

1984: Joined the CNSM of Paris in the class of Alexandre Lagoya
1985: He obtained the first prize in poetry at the International City of Toulouse Contest.
1987: First prize, guitar category
1988: First prize, chamber music category
2004: The album Guitare baroque et moderne was hailed by the press.

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, October 2013