Acclaimed cellist Bernard Greenhouse dead at 95

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WELLFLEET, MASS. (AP) - Bernard Greenhouse, acclaimed cellist and founding member of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, has died at his home on Cape Cod. He was 95.

Greenhouse’s son-in-law, Nicholas Delbanco, said Greenhouse died Friday morning in his sleep.

Greenhouse was born in Newark, N.J., and began playing cello at age 8. As a teenager, he was admitted to what was then known as the Juilliard Graduate School in New York City.

He began his career as a soloist in the mid-20th century, but it was a time when concert presenters rarely booked solo cellists, according to The New York Times. In 1955, he founded the Beaux Arts with violinist Daniel Guilet and pianist Menahem Pressler.

The trio debuted at Tanglewood and performed around the world, including regular appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

There were few high-level piano trios when the Beaux Arts formed, but it showed uncommon staying power. The first personnel change came when Guilet left in 1969. There were no other changes until Greenhouse retired from the Beaux Arts in 1987.

During his years with the trio, Greenhouse taught at several schools, including the Juilliard School of Music and Rutgers University. He continued to play and teach into his 1990s.

Greenhouse hosted many students at his house in Wellfleet, where he moved in the 1950s. He required no payment of his guests, except help with cooking and sailing, his other two loves, the Cape Cod Times reported.

Greenhouse’s wife, the former Aurora de la Luz Fernandez y Menendez, died in 2006. Greenhouse is survived by two daughters, Elena Delbanco and Nancy Carter-Menendez; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Cremation and a private funeral are planned, Nicholas Delbanco said. A memorial concert in Greenhouse’s honor is planned at First Congregational Church in Wellfleet on June 4, he said.

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