From 1999 until 2013 he was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred 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 Musikverin and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrocha and Emmanuel 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 Music@Menlo and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
As a soloist, Mr. 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 twenty-five years years, Mr. Greensmith has built up a catalogue 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 and Brahms 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, Mr. Greensmith came to the music world’s attention during an internationally broadcast BBC television masterclass 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 American cellist, 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 Russian cellist Boris Pergamenschikow.
In 1986 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 “PremioStradivari” held in Cremona, Italy in 1991, Mr. Greensmith was launched into a series of major recital and concerto appearances throughout Europe.
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 member of faculty at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music and New York University. In 2013 he was appointed Co-Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Cello at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Students of Mr. Greensmith have gone on to secure major positions in orchestras throughout the world and have won a number of prestigious awards. In 2015 he was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen.
Mr. Greensmith has had the privilege of playing three highly distinguished cellos during his career. As a young player in England, he was awarded use of the Royal Forster cello, owned by HRH the Prince of Wales, which he played for five years. During his time in the Tokyo String Quartet, he played a remarkable Stradivarius 1736 Paganini Ladenburg cello, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. He currently plays on a Simone Sacconi cello made in Rome in 1933.
Mr. Greensmith is a founding member of the Montrose Trio, with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and violinist Martin Beaver.
For more information, visit Mr. Greensmith’s website.