Sergio Rivas

Contrabass

Double bass, bass player and composer, Sergio Rivas obtained a teaching degree from the Carlos López Buchardo National Music School with a specialization in double bass, after receiving the highest grades in his class. Taught by Enzo Raschelli di Ferraris, Antonio Pagano, and Carlos Vega, Rivas went on to complete his training at the London Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He was a member of the Colón Theater Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Rosario, the Camerata Pro Música of Rosario, and Ensamble XXI de Música Contemporánea. In non-classical projects, he collaborated with artists such as Chano Domínguez, Joan Manuel Serrat, Susana Rinaldi, and Gustavo Cerati. Rivas is a member of several ensembles organized by Rodolfo Mederos, as well as the Astor Piazzolla Quintet. With them, he has traveled to the greatest auditoriums in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, promoting Argentinean music.

In 2010, he took part in the show “Del Amor,” with Argentinean poet Juan Gelman (winner of the 2007 Miguel de Cervantes Prize) and the Rodolfo Mederos band, which was acclaimed by the critics and public.

Rivas has given master classes at several universities, both in Argentina and abroad. Since 2011, he has taken part in the National Tango Plan of the Culture Secretariat, where he teaches a course called “Double bass in tango.” In February 2012, he finished recording his first soloist album, “Pa’que trabaje el grandote,” which presents an overview of double bass in tango over time. In the album, he performed unpublished, traditional, and recovered pieces as part of a research project in which Rivas himself was involved.