Christian Rivet studied guitar, conducting, chamber music, harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatoire National de Region in Metz. During this period, he had several meetings with the lutenist Hopkinson Smith who provided him with the key to an approach to music that is at once personal and respectful of the composer’s style.
Since that time he has honed his musical philosophy with the aid of both ‘period’ and ‘modem’ instruments. Having won the top prizes at Metz, he entered Alexandre Lagoya’s class at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris “ in 1984. After obtaining Premiers Prix in guitar and chamber music (1987 and 1988), he was admitted to the postgraduate cycle by unanimous decision, and there received crucial guidance from the Uruguayan guitarist Alvaro Pierri and the flautists Michel Debost and Aurèle Nicolet.
Secure in the experience gained from the key encounters on his career path (Léonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eôtvos, Pascal Dusapin, Jean-Paul Roussillon, and Jean Echenoz), his concerts at leading festivals in France and abroad as a soloist or alongside such partners as Emmanuel Pahud, the Sine Nomine Quartet, Michel Portal and Laurent Korcia, and his ‘original’ perception of the world, Christian Rivet nourishes his passion for colors in sound, and studies music and literature with equal interest. In 1985, he was awarded a First Prize for poetry at the international competition organized by the city of Toulouse; he was subsequently engaged by the radio station France Culture, and regularly composes original music for the theater, notably for the Avignon Festival.
A prizewinner at several international competitions, a qualified teacher of guitar holding the Certificat d’Aptitude (top candidate in his discipline), entrusted by the French Ministry of Culture with the preparation of candidates for national examinations leading to teaching posts, he participates in international master classes, teaches chamber music and guitar in the conservatoires of the City of Paris, and is director of the Festival “Le Vent sur l’Arbre.”
Christian Rivet coupled the cornposers Robert de Visée (Baroque guitar) and André Jolivet (modem guitar) on a CD released by Zig-Zag Territoires which won awards in the musical press, including ’10 de Classica-Répertoire’.
His last record “24 Ways upon the Bells” (John Dowland, Benjamin Britten, John Playford and The Beatles) edited by Naïve was better recording of the year according to the newspaper “Le Monde” Some highlights of his 2017/18 season: solo recitals with the lute in Europe in places such as the Konzerthaus (Vienna), tours in Switzerland, Germany, Usa and Japan with the flautist Emmanuel Pahud (they recorded both recently “Around The World”, Warner Classics), collaboration with several composers (Philippe Hersant, Pascal Dusapin) with the aim of expanding the guitar and the lute repertoire.
Christian Rivet will focus this year for musical compositions: « Quelque part dans l’Inachevé » for flute and orchestra (for Emmanuel Pahud, Grenoble, January 2018), « Etoile Double » for violoncello and contrabass (Ensemble Intercontemporain. Dir.Matthias Pintsche, Philharmonie de Paris, March 2018), several pieces dedicated to Hopkinson Smith (lute), a concerto for alto and orchestra (Gerard Caussé). These works will be published by Durand.