Gregor Riddell plays the cello and writes music.
He is a founder member of numerous ensembles including BirdWorld, Tre Voci, Solstice Quartet, Living Room in London and Odysseus Piano Trio with whom he performs internationally.
During a Banff Creative Residency Gregor wrote a large scale work for ‘cello and electronics ‘Their Scintillant Blades’ where he first developed musical partnerships with Mira Benjamin and Adam Teixeira with whom he continues to work alongside in creative projects nu:nord and BirdWorld respectively.
Recent commissions include Asamisimasa Ensemble premiering ‘Hiraeth’ at Borealis Festival (Norway), a double cello concerto premiered in La Paz (Bolivia) and a work for cello and electronics written for the BEAST sound system at Birmingham University. Galya Bisengalieva will soon perform a new work for solo violin and electronics called ‘Latent, Paper Tiger’. Gregor has also written for the London Contemporary Orchestra with whom he is a regular principle player having collaborated with artists such as Radiohead, Actress, among many others and recently performed string quartet works in the 2017 USA tour collaborating with Spitfire Audio.
Since 2014, Gregor has curated events at the Union Chapel where he has featured and collaborated with a wide pool of artists. Alongside Colin Alexander and Shiva Feshareki, he co-directed a re:sound hosted event filmed by NTS Radio and featured his duo BirdWorld alongside visuals by Haroon Mirza.
With Rob Lewis, Gregor recently set up SVS – an Oslo-based independent internet radio station broadcasting adventurous music from the Nordics. Since starting in December, SVS has presented weekly mixes by artists from a diverse array of genres with live events planned at Cafe Oto among others in the coming months.
Since living in Norway he has performed with artists including Mette Henriette, Streifenjunko, Vilde & Inga, 1816, Cikada Ensemble; recorded chamber works by Simon Steen-Andersen with the Oslo Sinfonietta; become a member of composers’ collective NMK; and, recently formed a trio with Karl Nyberg and Bernt Isak Wærstad called KGB.
Upcoming plans include a series of Tre Voci projects supported by nonclassical where they will work alongside the South Bank Gamelan Ensemble, Kit Downes and 12ensemble with substantial new works by Bryn Harrison, David Stephen Grant and Mica Levi. They will also release a record on the nonclassical label featuring original works by members as well as quartet compositions by Kit Downes also performing on hammond organ. BirdWorld will also release its debut record in late 2017.
Gregor was born in London, studied music at Cambridge and composition at the Royal College of Music. He currently lives both in London and Oslo with his partner Torun.