Gregor Riddell plays the cello and writes music.
His primary projects are BirdWorld and Tre Voci having previously been a founder member of ensembles including Solstice String Quartet, Living Room in London and Odysseus Piano Trio.
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 recently performed and recorded his 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 a US tour in conjunction with Spitfire Audio.
Alongside Rob Lewis, Gregor set up SVS – an Oslo-based internet radio station broadcasting adventurous music from the Nordics. Since initiating in autumn 2016, SVS has presented weekly mixes by artists from a diverse array of genres as well as hosting live events at venues including Cafe Oto, Rich Mix and others with developing plans ahead.
Since living in Norway he has performed with artists and ensembles including Mette Henriette, Sanskriti Shrestha, Ola Kvernberg, 1816, Cikada Ensemble; recorded chamber works by Simon Steen-Andersen with the Oslo Sinfonietta; joined NMK composers’ collective; and, recently formed a improvising trio with Karl Nyberg and Bernt Isak Wærstad called KGB.
Having originally met during a Banff Residency, BirdWorld has gone on to perform across Europe with highlights including a Union Chapel concert filmed and recorded by NTS Radio, an electronic film score commissioned by London Contemporary Orchestra and collaborating with Streifenjunko, Harpreet Bansal, Alex Stuart, Vilde&Inga among others. Birdworld’s track ‘After Rain’ was included in the August ’18 edition of The Wire Tapper and they will perform at BBC ‘Open Ear’ LSO St Luke’s in October.
In 2017-18, Tre Voci presented a series of concerts supported by nonclassical where they worked alongside the South Bank Gamelan Ensemble, Bryan Harrison, Henrik Koppen, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, David Stephen Grant and Silje Aker Johnsen. In May, they released an EP on the nonclassical label featuring original works by members as well as quartet compositions by Kit Downes also performing on hammond organ.
Upcoming plans include a Tre Voci collaboration with 12 Ensemble, touring with Matthew Barley and BirdWorld releasing their debut record UNDA.
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.