Clive Greensmith is one of the most successful British cellists of his generation. From 1999 until 2013 he was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over 100 performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has collaborated with international artists such as Midori, András 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. In North America he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. Internationally, he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. As a soloist, Clive Greensmith has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome, among others.
During a career spanning over 25 years, Mr. Greensmith has built a catalog of landmark recordings, most notably the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle for Harmonia Mundi with the Tokyo String Quartet, Mozart’s “Prussian” quartets with the Tokyo String Quartet, Brahms’s cello sonatas with Boris Berman for Biddulph Recordings, and clarinet trios by Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse for Harmonia Mundi. His recording of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with the Tokyo String Quartet was named an outstanding recording by the International Record Review.
At the age of 20, Clive Greensmith came to the music world’s attention during an internationally broadcast BBC television master class series hosted by Paul Tortelier, a pre-eminent cellist of the 20th century. Mr. Greensmith studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in England with Donald McCall, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Julius Isserlis Scholarship. A Royal Society of Arts scholarship enabled him to continue his studies at the Cologne Musikhochschule in Germany with Boris Pergamenschikow.
In 1987 he made his concerto debut with the London Symphony Orchestra and went on to be First Prize winner in the Sergio Lorenzi Chamber Music Competition in Trieste, Italy, and First Prize winner in the Caltanisetta Duo Competition. Most notably, as a major prize winner in the first-ever Premio Stradivari held in Cremona, Italy, in 1991, Mr. Greensmith launched a series of major recital and concerto appearances throughout Europe.
Deeply committed to mentoring young musicians, Clive has enjoyed a long and distinguished teaching career. In addition to his 15-year residency with the Tokyo String Quartet at Yale University, Mr. Greensmith has served as a faculty member at the Yehudi Menuhin School, England’s Royal Northern College of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and New York University. In 2014 he was appointed co-director of chamber music and professor of cello at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. He was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and violinist Martin Beaver.