Enric Riu is currently living in Harvard, IL (USA). He received his Magister Artium at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria, in 199. I addition to his official studies with Michael Jarrell and Dietmar Schermann, he received formation from master composers such as Benet Casablancas, Gyorgy Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Cristóbal Halffter and Jonathan Harvey among others. In recent years, he has proven to be an enterprising and prolific composer, obtaining scholarships (F. von Schiller Stiftung 1994), prizes (INJUVE 1997) and many premieres and concerts. He also holds a DEA (Master) from the Universitat de Barcelona (2011), and is currently working on his doctoral thesis.
As a composer, Enric Riu is a fervent supporter of multidisciplinary projects. He focuses on the possibilities of improving communication between the composer and his audiences by means of co-creation with the performers. He has worked with renowned ensembles like Fonema Consort, Dúo Antwerp, Proyecto Hélade, Ensemble CONCEPT/21, and outstanding interpreters like double-bassist Kathryn Schulmeister, saxophonist Joan Martí-Frasquier, viola Sixto Franco, flutist Marc Horne, clarinetist Emily Beisel and pianist Andy Costello.
Riu has worked as a Musical Analyisis instructor in centers like the Conservatori del Liceu, The Conservatori Professional de Música in Vila-seca and the Institut Andorra de Musica i Dansa in Andorra la Vella, among others.
During his time as a student in Vienna, he obtained valuable experience in cultural management, organizing different musical events for the Spanish Embassy and for the Instituto Cervantes. In Catalonia he suggested to the Salou City Hall the creation of a promotion plan for young talents, which ended up becoming the Cicle de Joves Intérprets de Salou (2007-2009). From March to June 2013, he was head of communications in the MIXTUR Festival of New Music, later Communication and Protocol in the Festival for Contemporary Music and Heritage SIRGA 2014; and is still involved in SIRGA with different international projects. He is currently collaborating with the Department of International Projects for the Latino Music Festival (Chicago).
For more than six years, Riu has collaborated with Radio Cambrils conducting and presenting his own music program called Classic Sportif, and a program on Radio Seu called El Galliner through June 2013. He is the author of a number of articles for different specialized publications including Tritonus, Transversal, Musica d'Ara, Mundoclasico.com, Le Monde Diplomatique, and others. His lecture topics include Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Nazi aesthetics, between wartime, and Carmina Burana by Carl Orff- a piece that was his object of carefully study and presented as dissertation (DEA) in the University of Barcelona.