Cellist Clive Greensmith, former cellist of the legendary Tokyo String Quartet and a longtime Nevada Chamber Music Festival favorite, makes his first Reno Chamber Orchestra appearance. He is featured in the Rococo Variations by Tchaikovsky, the lovely “Minstrel’s Song” by Alexander Glazunov, and Lukas Foss’s Capriccio (which was given its world premiere by Yo-Yo Ma, with Theodore Kuchar conducting!) Also on the program are works by Mozart and Bizet.

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Nightingale Concert Hall, UNR

Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Clive Greensmith, cello

Mozart: Divertimento in D major, K. 251
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Glazunov: Chant du ménestrel, Op.71
Foss: Capriccio for Cello and Small Orchestra
Bizet: Symphony in C major


From the 2016 Nevada Chamber Music Festival, an excerpt from Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32 with pianist James Winn, violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, and cellist Clive Greensmith.

Clive Greensmith photo
Clive Greensmith
Clive Greensmith joined the recently retired Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and performed with the quartet at prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, Australia and the Far East. Previously, he held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Alicia de Larrocha, Sabine Meyer, Midori, András Schiff and Pinchas Zukerman, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label. Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets, and the Mozart “Prussian” quartets. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a faculty member at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Meadowmount School of Music.

Theodore Kuchar
The multiple award-winning conductor Theodore Kuchar is the most recorded conductor of his generation, appearing on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. He has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005-2013) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004), and has held the position of Music Director of the Fresno Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, and Slovak Sinfonietta. An avid chamber musician, he served as the founding Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). He presently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Reno Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Nevada Chamber Music Festival.