Herbert Greenberg*, violin
Herbert Greenberg, a native of Philadelphia, studied with Jascha Brodsky and Ivan Galamian. Further studies at Indiana University with the great pedagogue Josef Gingold led to a Performer’s Certificate. Mr. Greenberg has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and from 1981 to 2001 served as concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and has performed over 50 concerti from the Baroque to present day American composers such as Adams and Rouse. Mr. Greenberg has collaborated as a soloist with many of the world’s leading conductors including William Steinberg, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Sergiu Comissiona, Gunther Herbig, Hans Vonk, Pinchas Zukerman, Nicholas McGegan, and David Zinman. He has performed as soloist in Carnegie Hall to critical acclaim. Many of his performances have been broadcast on NPR, and he was featured in Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben on National television celebrating the inaugural concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Mr. Greenberg has concertized throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has toured as soloist with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra of Denmark and has led the New Arts Ensemble of Taipai as violinist/conductor on a tour throughout Taiwan. Mr. Greenberg was the first American invited to serve as the concertmaster for the Japan Virtuoso Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble consisting of concertmasters and first chair players from all over Japan as well as the Berlin, Vienna, Munich, and Tel Aviv Philharmonic Orchestras. Recently, Mr. Greenberg has performed in Budapest, the Czech Republic. and served as violinist/conductor of the Singapore Symphony. He has also served on international juries for the most recent Szymanowski and Wieniaski Competitions. Mr. Greenberg has been invited to serve as guest concertmaster for the Houston, St. Louis, San Diego, and Oregon Symphonies, as well as the National Arts Orchestra of Canada and the Bergen Philharmonic of Norway.
In Minneapolis he was a member of the Minnesota Chamber Soloists. In Pittsburgh he was a founding member of the Previn-Greenberg-Williams Trio and in Baltimore, a founding member of the Baltimore String Quartet. He has collaborated in chamber music with a wide variety of artists such as Primrose, Gingold, Laredo, Zukerman, Frager, Kaiichstein, and Ma. Mr.Greenberg has participated in many festivals and seminars such as New York String Seminar, NOI, Sarasota, and Blossom Festivals. For the past 15 seasons he has been a member of the faculty and concertmaster of the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mr. Greenberg has been a member of the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory since 1987. He is also very active in leading Master Classes, most recently at LSU, CCM, YST, and Juilliard. Many of his former students occupy concertmaster and principal positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the world. Mr. Greenberg’s students are members of Orchestras such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, National, Kennedy Center Opera, Houston, St. Louis, Montreal, KBS, Danish Radio, and Israel Philharmonic. Mr. Greenberg has recorded for Sony, Telarc, Argo, and Delos. He plays on the Jean Becker Stradivarius, dated 1685.