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Susan Greenberg


Flutist Susan Greenberg enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, symphony player and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times has described her playing as “brilliant,” “elegant” and “supple,” and has lauded her “panache” and “musical projection.” She joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. As a member of LACO, she has been a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo, opening the Orchestra’s 2006-07 season with Continuum IV – Cascades, a concerto for flute, alto flute and piccolo written for her by Gernot Wolfgang. Previously, she had premiered a piccolo concerto written for her by Bruce Broughton. Susan has also appeared as guest soloist with the San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Monica and Napa Valley symphonies, and at the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, New York City Opera, American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as at the Casals, Ojai and Martha’s Vineyard Music festivals. Susan was principal flute for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s tour of Japan, and has received the Most Valuable Player award on the flute from the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences. She is also the principal flute for Symphony in the Glen.

Susan began her career performing throughout the US and Canada, Europe and the Middle East as principal flute with the Roger Wagner Chorale and Orchestra. She was a fellowship recipient to Tanglewood and to the Music Academy of the West. She received both her BA, cum laude, and her MA in Historical Musicology from UCLA. A speaker for the Los Angeles Opera Speaker’s Bureau, she has also been a docent at the J. Paul Getty Center and at the Getty Villa. Susan is presently an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and has taught at California Institute of the Arts and Occidental College.

Susan is the co-artistic director of Chamber Music Palisades, now celebrating its 14th season. She often performs on Pepperdine’s Stotensberg Music Series and the South Bay Chamber Music Series. Susan has recorded for over 500 motion pictures and is the flutist for The Simpsons television show. She recently played principal flute for Sex and the City 2.

She and her husband have two married children and two grandsons.

Susan Greenberg

photo Michael Miller

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