Pianist Alexander Tentser has made various appearances at the Arizona Senior Academy over the years, performing piano trios and quartets with the Esperanza Chamber Ensemble and St. Michael’s Chamber Players, as well as works for violin and piano with his wife, Anna Gendler, member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. On Tuesday (Feb. 13), Tentser will present his first solo recital at the Academy in a concert beginning at 11:30 a.m.
On the program are works by Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. This is actually an encore performance by Tentser, who presented this program last month at the University of Arizona as part of the Fred Fox School of Music Faculty Artist Series.
Tentser began studying piano with his father at the age of 4 in his native Kiev, Ukraine. Following a highly acclaimed performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age 12, he was recommended for studies at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow, the oldest music college in Russia. He continued his piano studies at the Gnessin Russian Music Academy with Professor Theodor Gutmann, a student and assistant of Heinrich Neuhaus, who taught in the celebrated Russian tradition.
Tentser later received a full scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Arizona with Professor Nohema Fernandez in 1991, and has since appeared as guest soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Currently, Tentser directs the Pima Community College Orchestra as well as teaching music courses there. He also teaches piano part-time at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music and is a sought-after lecturer teaching music courses for adults for The Learning Curve in Tucson.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer