Richard Greene, once called one of the most innovative and influential fiddle players of all time, grew up in Los Angeles. He studied Classical music until his encounter with the pyrotechnic fiddling of Scotty Stoneman; from then on Greene was a fiddler. He first attained prominence with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1966 as one of Monroe’s first “northern” band members. He went on to found the revolutionary Folk-Rock group Seatrain, pioneering the first use of the electric violin in Rock.
Richard’s return to acoustic music occasioned the invention of “New Grass” or “New Acoustic” instrumental music, now a mainstay throughout the world’s acoustic music festivals. As one of Los Angeles’ premier string-session players, he founded the trailblazing Green String Quartet, creating the first-ever amalgam of Jazz-Folk-Rock-Chamber music and producing three seminal albums. His many acclaimed releases in the Folk and Bluegrass world have been honored with Grammy and IBMA awards, his CD Sales Tax Toddle was nominated for a Grammy as the Bluegrass Album of Year.
Greene currently leads seminars on all aspects of fiddling and violin playing nationwide, teaching courses at The Mancini Institute, the RockyGrass Academy, the Festival of Fiddle Tunes, the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp and dozens of ad hoc workshops throughout the year. Last year marked the debut of Richard Greene’s first concerto for Bluegrass violin and orchestra entitled “What If Mozart Played With Bill Monroe?”