Moritz MoszkowskiGerman Born 23 Aug 1854 Died 04 Mar 1925
Mela Tennenbaum was born and raised in Chernovtsy, a small city in the Carpathian Bukovina region which has produced an inordinate number of leading musicians now working as soloists and in leading orchestras around the world. At the age of 16, she moved to Kiev for further study with a series of fellowships and awards. Her career in the former Soviet Union was based in Kiev where, after receiving her advanced degrees from the Kiev State Conservatory, she performed as soloist with the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and Kiev State Philharmonic from 1979 to 1989. In addition she was also concertmaster and frequent soloist with Perpetuum Mobile, and innovative chamber orchestra based in Kiev and held relatively free from political involvement by virtue of its association with the Ukranian Union of Composers.
With Perpetuum Mobile she premiered numerous works written for her by Russian and Ukrainian composers. Indeed, the repertoire Ms. Tenenbaum has performed in concert is remarkably extensive: it includes virtually all of the bread-and-butter violin concertos, solo and chamber music repertoire as well as an immense body of orchestral repertoire which she has led as concertmaster. In addition, she remains active both as a violist and as an exponent of the rarely encountered viola d'amore.
Ms. Tenenbaum managed to leave the Ukraine with her husband (also a violinist) and her children several years after the Chernobyl disaster. She emigrated to the United States in 1990. She first appeared with Philharmonia Virtuosi as a viola d'amore solist and was appointed concertmaster of that ensemble in July 1993.
She appears regularly as a soloist and in chamber music performances with members of Philharmonia Virtuosi and at numerous American Festivals.Show more