Clive Greensmith


Clive Greensmith Photo credit: Marco Borggreve

Cellist Clive Greensmith joined the Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and has performed with the quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the globe. Previously, he has held the position of Principal Cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a soloist he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and RAI Orchestra of Rome, among others. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell, Alicia de Larrocha, Midori, András Schiff, and Pinchas Zukerman. A regular visitor to many international festivals, Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. His recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label.

Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets and the Mozart Prussian Quartets. Clive Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, the Yehudi Menuhin School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and the Yale School of Music. He is currently a professor of cello and Codirector of Chamber Music at the Colburn School and was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. A recording of clarinet trios featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse was released by Harmonia Mundi in the fall of 2014.