Deborah Greitzer has been a member of the first violin section of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 30 years. She began studying piano with her mother, Freda Greitzer, and continued with violin, studying with noted violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music from the age of 15. She also studied with DeLay at the Meadowmount School of Music and at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her undergraduate degree. She later studied with Oscar Shumsky and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she studied with Don Weilerstein. She has studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie and Marilyn McDonald. Her chamber music coaches have included Joseph Gingold, Felix Kroll, and Joseph Silverstein.
Ms. Greitzer has appeared as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic and other orchestras, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician, not only in the United States and Canada, but also in Italy, Switzerland, England, and Scotland. Since 2003, she has made numerous trips to Haiti, where she teaches and performs at St. Trinité in Port-au-Prince and l’Ecole de Musique Dessaix Baptiste in Jacmel, as well as other smaller music programs around the country. She has also performed and taught in Cuba and Curacao.
She plays with the Clavio Trio (with retired Buffalo Philharmonic clarinetist John Fullam) and the Arcadia Piano Trio, which performed in Canada, Oklahoma, and Thailand. The Thailand trip was sponsored by Rangsit University in Bangkok and Payap University in Chiangmai. In 2009, she and cellist Linda Jennings performed Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Javanese Gamelan in Indonesia under the auspices of the Center for World Music. Ms. Greitzer is married to rowing legend Dick Kendall and has two daughters, both of whom play violin. Her older daughter, Rebecca Willie, is a member of the Nashville Symphony. Her younger daughter, Esther Kendall, a 2010 graduate of Bates College, works at Christie’s in New York City.