Tours by Alexander Tentser:

Tours prior to 2009–2010 season not listed.

Alexander Tentser, Piano

Alexander Tentser is a well-known concert pianist and conductor based in Arizona. He began studying piano with his father at the age of four in Kiev, Ukraine. After a highly acclaimed performance of the Grieg 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 later 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.

In 1991, he received a full scholarship for doctoral studies with Professor Nohema Fernandez at the University of Arizona. He then won the President’s Concerto Competition and, as a result, was engaged to appear with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4 in the 1993-1994 concert season. Since then, he has twice been invited back as a guest soloist, in 1998 and in 2003. He has also performed as a piano soloist with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Sierra Vista Symphony, Arizona Symphonic Winds, and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.

Tentser and his wife, Anna Gendler, performed as a violin and piano duo in the Dame Myra Hess Music Series in Chicago. They have also frequently appeared with the Daystar Chamber Ensemble, the St. Michael’s Chamber Players, and the Esperanza Piano Quartet performing piano trios, quartets, and quintets with other Tucson musicians.

Tentser founded both the Cochise College Orchestra and the Pima Community College Orchestra. Additionally, he has twice directed the International Balalaika and Domra Association Russian Orchestra in Austin, Texas, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, at their annual Russian Music Conventions. Presently, he directs the Pima Community College Orchestra in Tucson, teaches music courses, and conducts the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra in their annual winter performance of Russian music.

Tentser is a sought-after lecturer and scholar, teaching music courses to adults for the Learning Curve in Tucson. He was also one of the organizers of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol and Louis Pozez Fine Arts Symposium and Concert at the University of Arizona.