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Silvia Grendze

Degrees & Studies

B.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


Violin, Viola

Music Conservatory of Westchester

Faculty since 2018

Born In

New York, NY

Performances & Distinctions

Silvia Padegs Grendze is a freelance violinist and a Suzuki violin/viola teacher. As a violinist, she has performed with local, national, and international orchestras and ensembles. Ms. Grendze’s violin studies began at the age of three years, studying with the 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 also currently 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. She plays on an 1864 Samuel Nemessanyi violin.

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 for 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.”