Herbert Greenberg, a leading faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory, leads a free master class for UW string students. Mr. Greenberg will also be joining the UW Symphony Orchestra as guest concertmaster for the special performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín.”
Herbert Greenberg, a native of Philadelphia, studied with Jascha Brodsky and Ivan Galamian, and his 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. He 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, Kazimerz Kord, Emmanuel Krivine, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, Alan Gilbert, 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 been a member of the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory since 1987 and is currently serving as faculty chair. He is also very active in leading master classes, most recently at LSU, CCM, YST, and Juilliard. Many of his former students are faculty members, have chamber music careers, and 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, Seattle, Oregon, 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.