Bernard Greenhouse, (January 3, 1916 – May 13, 2011), American cellist.

Bernard Greenhouse was a master cellist, chamber musician, and teacher. He studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Felix Salmond, later continuing with Emanuel Feuermann and Diran Alexian. Finally, he was one of the few long-term students of renowned cellist Pablo Casals, taking lessons for two years. He served as principal cellist for the CBS Orchestra, as well as the U.S. Navy Orchestra. (He also played oboe in the Navy Band.) In 1955, he became a founding member of the famed Beaux Arts Trio, with whom he made hundreds of recordings and concert appearances until his retirement from the group in 1987. He was also a member of the Bach Aria Group, starting in 1948, a position he held well into the 1970’s, playing along such esteemed musicians as Julius Baker, Robert Bloom, Jan Peerce, and Eileen Farrell. In 1958, he became the owner of the “Countess of Stanlein” cello, one of only 63 surviving cellos made by Antonio Stradivarius. The cello had also previously been owned at one time by the 19th Century violin virtuoso Paganini.

In addition to his career as a performer, Greenhouse was a gifted teacher. He held posts at several leading music schools, including the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Rutgers University, and Juilliard. He continued to give private lessons and master classes throughout the world up until his death. His students include Timothy Eddy, cellist of the Orion Quartet and Juilliard School and Paul Katz, cellist with the Cleveland Quartet and professor at the New England Conservatory. Bernard Greenhouse died at his home in Cape Cod at the age of 95. He continued to perform and practiced for at least an hour every day, refusing to let old age hamper his skills. In an interview where he discussed cello technique, he closed by saying:

“We mustn’t forget that the goal of all this technical discussion is to create music that says something, not just to play with a beautiful sound. I implore all musicians to express their unique inner selves deeply and creatively. Don’t look to recordings or to your neighbor for answers, study the score, learn about the composer, and look inside yourselves.”

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