Anna Gendler

Anna Gendler

Teaching Artist at OMA Foundation

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Moscow Conservator

bachelor's Degree - Violin Performance , UA

bachelor's Degree - Violin Performance , University of Idaho

master's degree - Violin Performance , UA

master's degree - Violin Performance , University of Idaho


Faculty Member - Pima Community College

Founding Member - Daystar Chamber Players

Member - Tucson Police Department

Member - TSO

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Anna Gendler - True Concord Voices & Orchestra

Anna Gendler
Anna Gendler, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1991. She performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Tucson Symphony String Quartet, Flute Trio, Daystar Chamber Players, and also with her husband, Alexander Tentser, in a violin and piano duet. In the summer she performs with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in New York, "Arizona Musicfest" in Carefree, AZ and "Music in the Mountains" Festival in California. Being an accomplished chamber musician she also dedicates her time to children's musical education in Tucson. She served as a teaching artist for the OMA Project (Opening Mind through the Arts) from 1999 to 2010, and is currently a TSWA violin instructor and private studio teacher. Anna is also on the Music Faculty at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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Anna Gendler, Violin I - Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Anna Gendler, Violin I
Anna Gendler, Violin I cirrus 2017-09-14T10:17:25+00:00 Born in Russia, violinist Anna Gendler received her musical education at the celebrated Moscow Conservatory, where she studied under Mikhail Kopelman, a member of the world-renowned Borodin Quartet. In 1991, she began her tenure with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in which she plays violin. She and her husband, the accomplished pianist Alexander Tentser, currently live in Tucson, Arizona, where they are raising their family and contributing in a variety of ways to the enrichment of the city's musical culture. Gendler is a faculty member at Pima Community College and a teaching artist for the OMA Foundation. A studio teacher with a devoted following of private students, she has also served as a violin instructor for The Symphony Women's Association, and-at the invitation of its founder-she has taught for Arizona Music and Dance Academy. In addition to teaching, Gendler has given frequent public performances as a member both of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and its Flute Trio, and she and her husband collaborate regularly in piano and violin duets. Finally, she is a founding member of Daystar Chamber Players, plays with Tucson Chamber Artists, and is currently planning a series of performances with various groups for next season. Gendler also performs nationally. She has been a guest artist (alongside her husband) in WFMT's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series; has played with the Phoenix Symphony; contributes to the Arizona Musicfest in Carefree, Arizona; and participates in the "Music in the Mountains" SummerFest in California's Gold Country and the Lake Placid Sinfonietta annual concert series in Upstate New York.

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Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn highlight concert: Oct. 2012 - Arizona Senior Academy

The Esperanza String Quartet features (from left) Carlie Rigg, Theodore Buchholz, Anna Gendler and Melissa Hamilton.
The quartet is made up of Tucson Symphony Orchestra artists Theodore Buchholz, cellist; Anna Gendler and Carlie Rigg, violinists; and Melissa Hamilton, violist. Gendler is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia and has been a member of the TSO since 1991. In addition to being an accomplished chamber musician, she is involved with the musical education of children in Tucson. She is teaching artist for the OMA (Opening Minds through the Arts) Project and is on the faculty at Pima Community College. Rigg is currently a member of the first violin section of the TSO and performs with many arts organizations throughout Southern Arizona. A well-rounded performer, she holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Violin Performance from the UA and the University of Idaho. She is violinist and manager of Aracelli Strings.

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