Memorial for Cellist Bernard Greenhouse


The Juilliard School to Hold Memorial for Cellist Bernard Greenhouse, Founding Member of the Beaux Arts Trio, on Thursday, October 20 at 5 PM in Juilliard's Willson Theater

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Monday, October 3, 2011

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The Juilliard School will hold a memorial for former Juilliard faculty member and alumnus, cellist Bernard Greenhouse (1916-2011), on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 5 PM in Juilliard’s Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater (155 West 65th Street, 3rd Floor). Mr. Greenhouse was a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio and one of the most distinguished chamber musicians of his generation.

Scheduled speakers for this tribute honoring Mr. Greenhouse’s life and legacy include: Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi; Juilliard faculty member Timothy Eddy; New England Conservatory faculty member and Juilliard alumnus, Paul Katz; Mr. Greenhouse’s daughter, Elena Delbanco; and Juilliard cello faculty assistant and Juilliard alumnus, Dane Johansen, who also will perform. Mr. Eddy will perform a piece for cello quartet with three of his students and a piece with his quartet, theOrion Quartet (Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violins; Steve Tenenbom, viola; and Timothy Eddy, cello).

The original Beaux Arts Trio was founded in 1955 by Mr. Greenhouse, violinist Daniel Guilet, and pianist Menahem Pressler. Mr. Greenhouse played with the trio for 32 years until retiring in 1987. During his years with the trio and later on, he served on Juilliard’s faculty (1951–1962), as well as on the Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University, Rutgers University faculties, and others.

Born in Newark in 1916, Bernard Greenhouse started playing cello at age 8. He entered the Juilliard Graduate School (as it was known then) in 1933. He graduated in 1939 and became principal cellist of the CBS Orchestra. He did additional studies with cellist Emanuel Feuermann. Mr. Greenhouse also was principal cellist of the U.S. Navy Orchestra and played oboe in the Navy band during World War II. He studied with Pablo Casals in Prades, France. Mr. Greenhouse made his recital debut at Town Hall in 1946. He is survived by his two daughters, Elena Delbanco and Nancy Carter-Menendez; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife, the former Aurora de la Luz Fernandez y Menendez, passed away in 2006.

For further information or to RSVP for the memorial, please call (212) 799-5000, ext. 329 or e-mail events@juilliard.edu.

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Press contacts:  Janet Kessin, Gloria Gottschalk, The Juilliard School, (212) 799-5000, ext. 207, communications@juilliard.edu