We are excited to welcome a new instructor at CYM this year- Erich Riebe. Erich hails from Long Island, New York and will be joining our guitar faculty. Welcome, Erich!
Erich Riebe is a classical guitarist from Long Island, New York. His status as an up-and-coming artist has been marked in rousing performances at area universities and festivals including Spoleto Festival USA, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, and East Carolina Guitar Festival. Erich attended Rowan University for classical guitar performance as well as music education. During his time there he studied guitar with Joseph and Kathleen Mayes and played in many concerts including solo recitals, duo recitals with the tenacious guitar duo “Howduo”, and guitar quartet recitals. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Mr. Riebe pursued his master’s degree in guitar performance with Grammy award winning artist Jason Vieaux. His CIM based flute and guitar duo, “La Vie Duo,” has given performances including everything from Bach to The Beatles, and most recently, Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango.
Currently Erich is residing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, teaching guitar at the Center for Young Musicians. When not strumming on his guitar, he enjoys watching hockey and going camping and hiking.
We enjoy a little Q+A session to get to know Mr. Erich…
CYM: What is your favorite piece of music to play?
Mr. Erich: Usher Waltz by Nikita Koshkin
CYM: What was your most memorable music performance to have experienced as an audience member?
Mr. Erich: Johannes Möller at the Guitar Foundation of America convention in 2011. Columbus, Georgia, front row seats!
CYM: What was your favorite childhood book?
Mr. Erich: Harry Potter series
CYM: What is your favorite treat to eat?
Mr. Erich: Spicy hummus and pita chips
CYM: When and where do you listen to music for fun?
Mr. Erich: Classical, Blues, Rock, Pop, Dance, Indian Classical, Oldies, Alternative, usually in the car.