Born in New York, Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As cellist of the Hausmann Quartet he is an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where he teaches cello and chamber music. Since his first concerts with The Knights, the group's adventures have taken him from Brooklyn and Central Park to Ireland, Germany, Austria, the Canary Islands (with Osvaldo Golijov's Pasión), and the festivals of Dresden, Caramoor, Ravinia, Tanglewood and Ojai with some of his musical heroes: Dawn Upshaw, Christina Courtin, Vera Beths, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. Alex's varied interests have led to collaborations with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Malashock Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group as well as studies of baroque cello and early music. In San Diego he is a mainstay on the Art of Élan chamber series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music and a founding member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists. A dedicated advocate for new music, past associations include the Tarab Cello Ensemble and Hutchins East, performances with the FLUX Quartet, Newband and at Music at the Anthology (MATA).
Also an active performer in Mexico, Alex was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes, based in the state of Sinaloa, and returned there to perform as soloist with the Tarab Cello Ensemble in the Feria de las Artes. A highlight of past seasons was a residency in Tijuana which included visits to a dozen schools, and he has performed and taught as part of the Northern Lights Music Festival in Ajijic, Jalisco since 2009.
Alex has recorded for Ancalagon, Bridge, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records, as well as music for film, television and commercials. His teachers have included Steven Doane, Marcy Rosen, Ross Harbaugh, Joseph Elworthy and Andre Emelianoff. Alex plays a cello crafted in 2006 by Michele Ashley and a baroque cello labeled Claude Vuillaume, 1788.