Musical Bridges Around The World

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Vadim Mazo

Associate Professor of Music

Head of String Department

Illinois Wesleyan University

Vadim Mazo has pursued a career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. He studied at the Byelorussian State Conservatory in Minsk with Michael Goldstein, a student of Pyotr Stoliasky.  From 1968 to 1980, he was a soloist with the Byelorussian Philharmonic and performed with the Minsk Chamber Orchestra and the Byelorussian Symphony Orchestra. He performed on radio, television, and with performance tours throughout the former Soviet Union with such international artists as O. Kagan, M. Rostropovich and M. Shostakovich, among others.  He immigrated to the United States in 1980. Prior to coming to Illinois Wesleyan University, Mr. Mazo collaborated with the Fine Arts Quartet and held teaching positions at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and the University of Evansville.

Mr. Mazo founded and directed the Illinois Wesleyan Camerata, an ensemble which Ovation magazine deemed “excellent by any standard.”  It toured the former Soviet Union, Germany, and England, and performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in with the “Music for Peace” program. 

Mr. Mazo founded the Ameropa Musical Arts Festival in 1993, an organization dedicated to the collaboration of American and European chamber musicians and ensembles.  Having experienced that music is an international language that crosses all borders, Mr. Mazo chose Prague for its central location and rich musical heritage that greatly enhances the harmony and understanding inherent in the artistic experience.

Professor Mazo is a devoted teacher and pedagogue, whose activities have taken him around the world, from American music schools such as Northwestern University, Lawrence University, the Universities of Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Long Beach California to Greece, Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, England, Germany, Canada, the Conservatoire Superior in Paris, and elsewhere in France.  More recently he has conducted master classes in Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Russia, and Byelorussia.  He has taught and performed at the Boccherini and Mozart-issimo festivals in Madrid, the Mozart in Monterey festival, the Southeastern Music Center, the B. Martinu festival in Prague, and the Interlochen Chamber Music Conference. 

Professor Mazo is an active performer both as violinist and violist, and was featured in a 1992 Carnegie Recital Hall concert, “Homage to Shostakovich.” He has appeared as both conductor and soloist with the Suk Chamber Orchestra in the Prague Spring Festival, with the Virtuosi di Praga, and most recently with the Manila Symphony Orchestra. 

Pavel Eliashevich

Professor of Piano and Chamber Ensemble

Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia at St. Petersburg

Born 1969 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Pavel Eliashevich graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatoire as a pupil of Vadim Monastyrsky (Piano) and Tamara Fidler (Chamber ensemble).  For several years he attended the “Holland Music Sessions” Academy where he studied with both of Eugene Indjic and Pascal Devoyon.

Mr. Eliashevich is Laureate of various international competitions in Germany and Italy. He is founder and artistic director of the noted Russian chamber ensemble “Musica Da Camera,” since 1998 known as the Ensemble of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society).

Mr. Eliashevich has appeared in recitals with noted singers, instrumentalists and with orchestras in the some of the most prestigious halls of St. Petersburg and abroad (Germany, Holland, Italy, Denmark, USA, etc.). He has made several recordings for radio broadcast and on CD labels. He appeared in the NHK-Japan TV documentary film “Culture of St. Petersburg” that subsequently received the UNESCO Annual Award in New York in 2000.

In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Piano and Chamber Ensemble at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia at St. Petersburg. As guest professor he has presented numerous masterclasses abroad, including for the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Young Artists Performance Academy in Belgium, and in the USA at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Professor Eliashevich serves frequently on the jury of international competitions in Russia and Europe.

Since 2004 he participates as a solo pianist in Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” in the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of conductor Valery Gergiev. Pavel Eliashevich has the distinction of presenting one of the first US performances of the first version of Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto in 2009.

Robert Ward

Professor of Piano

California State University, Los Angeles

Lecturer in Chamber Music

California Institute of Technology

Artistic Director


Robert Ward maintains an active career as pianist, orchestral conductor, chamber musician, director of international music festivals, juror at prestigious competitions, and master teacher. 


His students are on the faculties of music schools and conservatories across the US, Europe and Asia. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts named Professor Ward a Distinguished Teacher in the Arts for “inspiring young artists and having the most profound influence on their artistic development.” Other honors include the  Austrian-American Council of North America  Award for Extraordinary Service to Youth and Music, and the Music Teachers National Association President’s Award for International Outreach.

Robert Ward’s early teachers were pupils of such legendary pianists as Russian virtuosa Isabelle Vengerova, Beethoven specialist Artur Schnabel, and Emil Sauer, one of the last pupils of Franz Liszt. Advanced studies took him to the Akademie für Musik in Vienna and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.  At his debut the Viennese press wrote “A brilliant pianistic talent who tempers his performance with genuine musical sensitivity”

A Fulbright Award took him to Italy to study with Wilhelm Kempff.  There he received the Prix di Positano for his Beethoven performances. The U.S. State Department sent Robert Ward on a 10-country tour to premier Samuel Barber’s PIANO CONCERTO. In Rio de Janeiro the press praised his “vigorous technique, brilliant style and contagious conviction that drew a tremendous response from the audience.”  

In 1997 he founded Concerto*Fest*Austria where he conducts the Wiener Residenz Orchester in elegant palace concerts. Robert Ward has also appeared as guest conductor of the Vienna International Orchestra. In 2015, with a colleague from the Paris Conservatoire he founded the BRATISLAVA 1st International Piano Week for the study of solo repertoire.  

Robert Ward has taught at the University of Southern California and at UCLA in Los Angeles.  In 1990 he joined the piano faculty at California State University Los Angeles and in 2005 was appointed Lecturer in Chamber Music at the prestigious California Institute of Technology.