Skip to main content

Bernard Greenhouse Personal Papers

Identifier: CC 0007.2


  • 1916 - 2011


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Greenhouse has won a reputation as one of the major interpreters of his instrument. He has appeared in recital and with orchestras and chamber ensembles in most of the major cities of Europe and America and has recorded for CRI, CBS, RCA, Philips, Concert Hall, and the American Recording Society. He was a cellist for the Bach Aria Group and a thirty-two year founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, an ensemble widely recognized as the premiere trio of the twentieth century.

Greenhouse worked with many of the great masters of the cello, including Emanuel Feuermann, Diran Alexanian, and most notably, Pablo Casals, who wrote of him, Bernard Greenhouse is not only a remarkable cellist, but what I esteem more, a dignified artist. As a master teacher himself, he has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, The Juilliard School, the Indiana University summer school, Rutgers University and the New England Conservatory. Greenhouse is the recipient of numerous awards, including Indiana University's "Chevalier du Violoncelle" in 1980, Chamber Music America's Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award in 1988, and in 1996 (along with Mstislav Rostropovich) the RNCM Manchester International Cello Festival's Award of Distinction.

The Greenhouse Collection features not only this master's fingerings and bowings to the standard repertoire, but also his performance annotations from the piano trio, piano quartet and piano quintet repertoire made during his years with Beaux Arts. It also includes all of Mr. Greenhouse's solo and chamber recordings, and archived tapes from his many years with the Bach Aria group, featuring such legendary singers as Marian Anderson, Jan Peerce, Eileen Farrell and Jenny Tourel.


36.00 Linear Feet (24 boxes)

Language of Materials


Offensive Language Statement

The UNC Greensboro University Libraries collects, preserves, and makes accessible unique and historical materials for learning and research. The nature of historical materials is such that some material may represent positions, norms, and values that are offensive and objectionable. These materials represent the opinions and actions of their creators. By providing access to these records in our reading room and through our digital collections, we recognize that archives and rare books can play a vital role in holding those creators accountable and in helping us learn from the past.

Our finding aids and other collection descriptions may occasionally re-use language provided by creators or former holders of the materials, but we strive to place outdated or offensive terminology in context. That said, we recognize that we may not always make the right decision and welcome feedback from all sources so we can learn and adjust our practices. Please contact us at if you encounter problematic language in our finding aids or other collection description. We will review the language and, as appropriate, update it in a way that balances preservation of the original context with our ongoing commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Special Collections staff in 2013.

Bernard Greenhouse Personal Papers
Stacey Krim
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US