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Silvia Grendze

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M., Manhattan School of Music; School for Strings, Suzuki Teacher Training ; Studies in Education and Special Education at Manhattanville College; Independent Studies about J.S. Bach with Dr. Francis Brancaleone
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2018
Born in: New York, NY

Performances and Distinctions: Silvia Padegs Grendze is a freelance violinist and a Suzuki violin/viola teacher. She is a violinist with local, national, and international orchestras and ensembles. Ms. Grendze’s violin studies began at the age of three years, studying with disciples of Dr. Suzuki, and later studying with Louise Behrend at the School for Strings in NYC. She received her Bachelor of music degree from Manhattan School of Music, studying with Erick Friedman and Burton Kaplan. Since graduating, she has been an active freelancer and has pursued her passion for teaching. She has taught privately, in schools, in choirs, and elsewhere. She is currently also pursuing her passion for J. S. Bach, by researching, together with Dr. Francis Brancaleone, and doing a complete harmonic, historic, and philosophic analysis of the Bach partitas and sonatas for solo violin. Silvia continues to perform internationally, including countries such as Canada, Austria, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Venezuela, and Australia. Concertmaster of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, she has performed as Principal/section leader for both the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and Ridgefield Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Grendze will be performing with the North American Latvian String Quartet in Boston’s Symphony Hall this coming November. She plays on an 1864 Samuel Nemessanyi violin.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "Music and all of the arts are essential parts of everyone’s education. The parent/teacher/child triangular relationship is the most important factor to success in a child’s education. Through teaching music, we are not only training the future Artist, but the future creative thinker, compassionate citizen, and sophisticated audience member."