Evgeny Rivkin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, receiving his early training and Bachelor of Music from the Nizhny Novgorod College of Music. He earned his Master of Music from the Moscow Conservatory and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Moscow Conservatory.
Dr. Rivkin has won several awards for his playing, including top prizes in the Bavarian Radio Musik Competition in Munich, the International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow, the USSR National Piano Competition of St. Petersburg, and the Russian National Piano Competition held in Moscow. In 1998 he won the First prize in the 1998 International McMahon Piano Competition held in Oklahoma.
Evgeny Rivkin came to the University of Georgia in 1995 as a professor at the School of Music. Before coming to UGA, Rivkin was a professor of piano at the Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia. In addition to presenting master classes worldwide, Rivkin continues to perform as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil and Europe to high acclaim, appearing as a soloist and with symphony and chamber orchestras in such venues as Weill Carnegie Hall in New York, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Great Hall of F. Liszt Hungarian Academy of Music and others. Music of Latvia reviewed Rivkin's style as "distinguished by its elegance, nobility, and high culture."
Rivkin has released ten compact discs, including one featuring some of his favorite solo piano music by Tchaikovsky, as well as a number of chamber music CD's in collaboration with violinist Levon Ambartsumian, featuring masterpieces of Brahms, Bartok, Schubert, Chausson and Mendelssohn.