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The appearance of Anna Gendler is sponsored by the generous contribution of Leonid Friedlander.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op.30 No.3
Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
William Grant Still (1895–1978)“Here's One,” (based on the spiritual “Talk about a child that do love Jesus, here’s one”)
Maurice Ravel“Blues” from Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano
Johannes BrahmsSonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 78
Vivace ma non troppo
Allegro molto moderato
Born in Russia, violinist Anna Gendler received her musical education at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1991, she began her tenure with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in which she plays violin as well as performing nationally as a duo with her husband, Alexander Tentser, who is a concert pianist, chamber music collaborator, and a conductor.
Tentser began studying piano at age of four in Kiev, Ukraine and after a highly acclaimed performance of the Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age twelve, was recommended to study at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona and is on the faculty at Pima Community College and directs the Pima Community College Orchestra.
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Anna Gendler & Alexander Tentser
ANNA GENDLER, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1991. She is also a member of the Grammy nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony String Quartet and Flute Trio, Daystar Chamber Players, St Michael’s Piano Quartet, and with her husband, Alexander Tentser, in a violin and piano duet. In the summer she performs at the “Music in the Mountains” Festival in Grass Valley, California, and with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in New York.
Ms. Gendler teaches at the Lake Placid Chamber Music Workshop for adults. As an accomplished chamber musician, she dedicates her time to children’s musical education in Tucson. Ms. Gendler is also a violin teacher of the Symphony Women Association charity program for low-income families, and she is on the Music Faculty at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.
ALEXANDER TENTSER began studying piano with his father at the age of four in Kiev, Ukraine. After a highly acclaimed performance of the Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age twelve, he was recommended for studies at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia, the oldest music college in the country. He continued his piano education at the Gnessin Russian Music Academy with Professor Theodor Gutmann, a student and assistant of Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught in the celebrated Russian piano tradition. Mr. Tentser received a full scholarship for doctoral studies with Professor Nohema Fernandez at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Mr. Tentser has performed as orchestra soloist, piano recitalist, and chamber musician in Russia and in the United States. He lectures on music for the Learning Curve, Tucson’s independent arts and humanities series, and teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson. As a conductor, he directs the Pima Community College Orchestra, and as a teacher he maintains a private piano studio of children and adult students.