Born in 1965, Gustav Rivinius grew up in a musical family. He began studying cello with Hermann Dirr in Munich at the age of six. During many years, he continued his studies with Ulrich Voss in Saarbrücken, rounded them off with Claus Kanngiesser, David Geringas and Zara Nelsova at the Juilliard School in New York, finishing with Heinrich Schiff.
Since the beginning of his musical career, Gustav Rivinius won numerous national and international awards. A milestone for his musical life was being honoured with the First Prize and the gold medal at the IX. International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1990; this was the first time a German musician was awarded. Since then, Gustav Rivinius was invited to play with many leading orchestras and performed at numerous important music centres all over the world.