1 Januar 1916
Bernard Greenhouse was born in Newark to Dora and Louis.
Greenhouse and his brother Jerry (Bernard had five older brothers) started to play the cello. Bernard was enormously enthusiastic about the instrument and quickly outpaced his brother, who prompptly switched to the flute. His first teacher was a Czech named Shalicka, unfortunately an uninspired teacher. Luckily he then found a much better teacher in Herbert Clark.
Greenhouse started to work with William Berce, who inspired the young man by telling stories of Pablo Casals.
Much to the dismay of his father, who wanted Bernard to attend medical school, Greenhouse decided to study the cello at New York´s Juilliard School. When he was accepted, he was allowed to skip the undergraduate level and to go straight to graduate work. Felix Salmond, who taught at both the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, became his cello mentor; he was a first-class musician and a demanding teacher.
After Greenhouse graduated from Juilliard, he obtained a job at Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). Greenhouse was also offered the cello position in the newly formed Dorian Quartet. This meant that he would be on the staff of CBS as a musician in addition to working with the string quartet.
Greenhouse made his first recordings with Sergius Kagen, a pianist and faculty member at Juilliard. These were two albuns for Columbia Records of early Italian cello sonatas and short pieces such as Saint-Saëns´SWAN and Popper´s PAPIILON. By working at CBS Greenhouse gained exposure to many of the world´s great conductors. He made recordings with Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini and Fritz Sinatra.