He made his Italian debut in the 70s thanks to some very important international competitions in which he was awarded prizes, for example, the “Ferruccio Busoni”, the “Dino Ciani”, the “Ettore Pozzoli”; the “Rina Sala Gallo”, the “Cata Monti”, the “Beethoven”; in Wien, the “Reine Elisabeth” in Bruxelles, the “Liszt-Bartok” in Budapest and the “Paloma O’Shea” in Santander, being awarded three absolute ﬁrst prizes, two second prizes and several other special mentions.
This helped launch a prestigious career as a concert pianist, performing in the most important theatres worldwide, among them the Sala Philarmonia in Kiev, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Park Musik Hall in Dallas, the Musikverein in Wien and the Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires.
Nowadays Daniel Rivera is widely renowned and held in high esteem throughout the world by those in the arena of concert piano performance.
He is considered a pioneer of piano challenges and a performer of programs and works very rarely played. His fame peaked in 2002, when he presented - in a world premiere performance - his interpretation of the Stravinsky “Rite of Spring” confirming once again his extraordinary technique and interpretative skills.
This impressive and worldwide unique interpretation captured the interest of Martha Argerich, who personally invited Rivera to the “Progetto Martha Argerich” in Lugano, where
he performed in June 2009. Since then, his relationship with the legendary Argentinian pianist has developed into an intense artistic collaboration. With Martha Argerich, Daniel Rivera has performed in piano duo (two pianos and piano 4 hands) at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, at the Politeama Theatre in Catanzaro, at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni di Udine, at the Piano Festival of Pietrasanta and Ascoli Piceno, at the legendary concerts on 19th and 20th October 2012, at the Teatro El Circulo of Rosario
(Argentina) - four CDs were released in June 2014, edited and distributed by IRCO in Buenos Aires - and for the inauguration of the Petrarca Theatre in Arezzo on December 2015. In addition to this for IRCO Cosentino in Buenos Aires, he recorded two CDs with Franz Liszt Opera transcriptions and paraphrases, as well as the 12 Trascendental Studies.
Jury member within some relevant international piano competitions, Daniel Rivera is
extremely keen of teaching: besides his faculty chair at AIMART - International Academy
of Music and Art in Rome, at the “Academy of the Arts” in Sarzana and at the “Musica
Ritrovata” Academy in Livorno, he is frequently invited to hold several high piano courses
and master classes in Italy and abroad, such as at UNR, University of Rosario (Argentina)
Conservatory of Music in Udine, Parma, La Spezia, Bari, Monopoli, Trieste, Cosenza, the
Lemmeintitut in Leuven, Belgium, the “Summer Musical Holidays” in Urbino, the
International Festival “Duchi d’Acquaviva” in Teramo, “Via Francigena” International Arts
Festival in Lucca, and the Livorno Music Festival.
He was born in 1952 in Rosario (Argentina), into a family of musicians. Thanks to the scholarship he received through winning the ﬁrst prize “Vincenzo Scaramuzza” organized by the “National Fund for Arts” and the “Argentinian Mozarteum” in 1973, he moved to Italy where - under the direction of M°Alessandro Specchi, he achieved the Italian Diploma at the Cherubini Conservatory of Music in Florence with a grade of 10/10 cum laude and honorable mention.
He then completed his studies with M°Alessandro Specchi and Maria Tipo in Florence and
with Ludwig Hoffman in Munich.