The Moldavian Soviet composer, Pavel Borisovich Rivilis, was born in in Kamenetz-Podolsk, where his grandfather, exiled in the early centuries of Chisinau (which became in 1918 the Romanian) for his revolutionary activities in Tomsk, settled with his family after the Revolution. Future composer's father - Boris Isaevich Rivilis - was land surveyor, mother - Tuba Peysahovna Rivilis - accountant. Since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, the family was evacuated to the city of Prokopyevsk Kemerovo region, where Pavel Rivilis went to school. On January 6, 1946, the family returned to Chisinau at that time became the capital of the Moldavian USSR, and Pavel was once defined in a special music school. His teachers were G. I. Gershfeld (music theory), I. L. Daylis (violin) and A.D. Goldenfun (piano). Yu A. Fortunatov, Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory, became mentor of the young composer.
In 1959 Pavel Rivilis graduated from Kishinev Conservatory composition under Nachman Leyba, previously also worked with A S. Gurov and V.G. Zagorski. In 1959-1960 he taught music theory at Slobodzeya Music College; in 1960-1964, he worked as a music editor at Chisinau publishing "map Moldoveniaske." From 1965 to 1974 was a senior consultant with the Composers' Union of Moldova, and from 1974 - member of the repertoire and the editorial board of the Ministry of Culture of the Moldavian USSR. Since 1960 he taught at the Art Institute of Chisinau named after Muzichesku (later Pprofessor of theory and composition of the Moldavian National Academy of Theatre, Music and Fine Arts). Among his pupils: Moldovan musicians and composers Ion Aldea-Spivakov, Vladimir Colak, Anatoly Chiriac, Valentin Doni, Snezana Pyslar.
Among the works of Pavel Rivilis: opera Dzelika with a libretto by P. Reznikov on fairy tales Carlo Gozzi (with Valery Syrohvatovym 1958), Scherzo for orchestra (1957), the symphonic poem The Apotheosis of War (1958), Symphony No. 1 (1961), Symphony No. 2 Children (1965), Symphonic Dances (1969), Concerto (1971), Four Pieces Unison (1973), Suite (1977), Bourdon (two poems, 1984 ), Stihira (Canticle, 1996), Konzertstuck (1998); Olyandra (1955), Six Pieces (1963) and Suite (1966) for violin and piano; Variations (1955) and Bagatelles (1966) for piano; Sonata for solo viola (1962), instrumentation for orchetra of Chaconne by J.S. Bach, the songs on poems Moldovan poets, music for theater and cinema.