Music Bldg, Room 109
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Alexander Tentser studied piano performance under professor Theodor Gutman, pupil and assistant of Henry Neuhaus, at the celebrated Russian Music Academy (former Gnessin Music Institute) in Moscow, Russia. Alexander immigrated to the United States in 1990 and immediately impressed audiences with his fresh performance style. While earning his doctorate in musical arts at the University of Arizona, he made his debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 1993 performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. Since that time, he has appeared as a soloist, not only with the Tucson Symphony (in 1998, and 2002), but also with the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Southern Arizona Symphony, and Catalina Chamber Orchestra. He was one of the first soloists invited to perform with the recently formed Sierra Vista Symphony in 1997, and, also, in 2001. Alexander, and his wife, Anna, who is a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, frequently appear with the Daystar Chamber Ensemble in Tucson, Arizona.
In addition to his appearances as a performer, Dr. Tentser maintains a busy schedule as an educator. He lectures on music at the “Learning Curve” Educational Association, teaches piano and music theory at Pima Community College, and is the author of special courses for music teachers. His students include winners of both Tucson and Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto Competitions. During the summer of 2001 Alexander directed Adirondack Piano Institute – piano program for students and music teachers, sponsored by the Saranac Lake Young Arts Association in Saranac Lake, New York.
Alexander Tentser frequently appears as a conductor. In 1999-2001 he was a Music Director of the Cochise College Chamber Orchestra in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and, currently, is the Music Director of the Pima Community College Orchestra in Tucson, Arizona. His biography has been included in the 2003-2005 editions of “Who is Who in America”.