Gustav Rivinius works together with orchestras such as Radio Orchestra Leipzig, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lissabon, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Saarbrücken, Munich, Berlin and Stuttgart, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Washington and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich as well as with the Dresdner Philharmonie.
Chamber music constitutes another important part in his artistic work. He plays with many distinguished colleagues such as Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Sharon Kam. Furthermore, he appears at many renowned festivals and is a regular guest at the well-known Heimbach Festivals of Lars Vogt.
For Harmonia Mundi, Gustav Rivinius recorded sonatas by Brahms, Boccherini and Zimmermann as well as all of Beethoven's cello sonatas for the Radio Cologne.
Besides his commitments to the standard repertoire, Gustav Rivinius dedicates a part of his activities to contemporary music: for instance, he premiered the cello concerto "Bardo" by Hans Zender with the Musikkollegium Winterthur under the baton of the composer himself.
In 1997 Gustav Rivinius founded the Trio da Salò (first famous master of violin manufacturer) together with Ani Kavafian (violin) and Barbara Westphal (viola).
Gustav Rivinius holds a professorship for cello at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken.