Robert Greenberg, Ph.D.
San Francisco PerformancesRobert Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954 and has lived in the San Francisco Bay area since1978. He received a B.A. in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976, where his principalteachers were Edward Cone, Daniel Werts, and Carlton Gamer in composition; Claudio Spies and Paul Lansky inanalysis; and Jerry Kuderna in piano. In 1984, he received a Ph.D. in music composition, with distinction, from theUniversity of California, Berkeley, where his principal teachers were Andrew Imbrie and Olly Wilson incomposition and Richard Felciano in analysis.He has composed more than 45 works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. His works have been performed in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands, where the Amsterdam Concertgebouw performed his
for String Quartet. His numeroushonors include three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and three Meet-the-Composer Grants. Recentcommissions have come from the Koussevitzky Foundation at the Library of Congress, the Alexander StringQuartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Performances, the Strata Ensemble, and theXTET ensemble.Professor Greenberg is a board member and an artistic director of COMPOSERS, INC., a composers’collective/production organization based in San Francisco. His music is published by Fallen Leaf Press andCPP/Belwin and is recorded on the Innova label. He has performed, taught, and lectured extensively across NorthAmerica and Europe. He is currently music-historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he haslectured and performed since 1994, and resident composer and music historian to National Public Radio’s“Weekend All Things Considered.” He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley,California State University at Hayward, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he chaired theDepartment of Music, History and Literature from 1989–2001 and served as the Director of the Adult ExtensionDivision from 1991–1996.Professor Greenberg has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the UnitedStates, including the San Francisco Symphony (where, for 10 years, he was host and lecturer for the symphony’snationally acclaimed “Discovery Series”), the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation,and the Chautauqua Institute. He is a sought-after lecturer for businesses and business schools, speaking at suchdiverse organizations as the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and the University of Chicago Graduate Schoolof Business, and has been profiled in various major publications, including the
Wall Street Journal
. magazine,and the London
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