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Robert Greenberg has composed over forty-five works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Recent performances of his compositions have taken place in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, and The Netherlands, where his Child's Play for String Quartet was performed at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

The recipient of numerous honors, including three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and three Meet-The-Composer Grants, Robert Greenberg's music is published by Fallen Leaf Press and CPP/Belwin, and is recorded on the Innova label. Recent commissions have been received from the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Alexander String Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Strata Ensemble, San Francisco Performances, and the XTET ensemble.

Robert Greenberg has performed, taught, and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He received a bachelor of arts degree in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in music composition, With Distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994, and a faculty member of the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, California State University East Bay, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he chaired the Department of Music History and Literature from 1989-2001 and served as the director of the Adult Extension Division from 1991-1996. Robert Greenberg is a board member and an artistic director of COMPOSERS, INC., a composers' collective/production organization based in San Francisco.

Robert Greenberg has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony, where for ten years he was host and lecturer for the Symphony's nationally acclaimed "Discovery Series," the Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Chautauqua Institute, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Villa Montalvo, and Music @ Menlo.

In addition, Robert Greenberg is a sought-after lecturer and has recently spoken for such diverse organizations as S.C. Johnson, Canadian Pacific, Deutsches Bank, the University of California/Haas School of Business Executive Seminar, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School Publishing, Kaiser-Permanente, the Strategos Institute, Quintiles Transnational, the Young Presidents' Organization, the World Presidents' Organization, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.

Robert Greenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, INC. Magazine, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the University of California Alumni Magazine, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Diablo Magazine. He is also the resident composer and music historian to National Public Radio's Weekend All Things Considered. In February 2003, The Bangor Daily News referred to Robert Greenberg as "the Elvis of music history and appreciation," an appraisal that has given him more pleasure than any other.

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