From 1999 until its final season in 2013, cellist Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues. He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha, and Emanuel Ax.
Mr. Greensmith has given guest performances at prominent festivals worldwide, including the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Fest, and the Ravinia Festival. He is a regular guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will undertake a national tour with Paul Huang, Wu Han, and Matthew Lipman in 2020. Formerly the principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Greensmith is also a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker, and violinist Martin Beaver.
Mr. Greensmith has a catalog of landmark recordings, most notably The Complete Beethoven String Quartets and Mozart’s ‘Prussian’ Quartets with the Tokyo String Quartet, Brahms Cello Sonatas with Boris Berman, and Clarinet Trios of Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse.
Deeply committed to the mentoring and development of young musicians, Mr. Greensmith has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In addition to his fifteen-year residency with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale University, Mr. Greensmith has served as a faculty member at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith joined the faculty at the Colburn School in 2013, where he teaches cello and coaches chamber music for the Conservatory of Music and the Music Academy.