Toronto-born Richard Green began violin lessons at age seven. He was inspired to learn the instrument by a recording of Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre that he listened to constantly. In fact when his parents brought home his first violin, he retuned it to match the opening sounds the violinist made on the recording. Happily there was a violin teacher at the public school he attended who took him through the rudiments of reading music and playing the violin. Later Mr. Green studied with Irene Haydou and Jack Montague at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. At the Faculty of Music he was a student of David Zafer. Since joining the NAC Orchestra in 1973, Mr. Green has played in many chamber ensembles and can often be found on the Music for a Sunday Afternoon programmes.