BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music faculty members
Vadim Mazo and Eva Ferguson will present a Faculty Recital on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. The
recital, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Westbrook Auditorium.
Mazo said the program, “Musical Bridges for a Peaceful World,” will address the desires
and concerns surrounding the issue of global peace, and will promote the idea that
music is a universal language that crosses all borders. The two will perform selections
composed by Johannes Brahms, Bela Bartok, Antonin Dvorak, Ernest Bloch, Dmitri Shostakovich
and other composers.
An associate professor of violin and viola and head of the string department at Illinois
Wesleyan, Mazo has made his career as a teacher, soloist, chamber musician, and conductor.
After studying at the Byelorussian State Conservatory in Minsk, Belarus, Mazo performed
as a soloist with the school’s Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, as well as on
radio, television, and during live tours throughout the former Soviet Union. Mazo
is also the founder and artistic director of the Ameropa Musical Arts Festival, an
organization dedicated to the collaboration of American and European chamber musicians
and ensembles. Since 2012, Mazo has been a guest professor at Sichuan Central Conservatory
of Music in Chengdu, China.
Ferguson, a visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the accompaniment department
in IWU’s School of Music, received a Master of Fine Arts degree in piano performance
from the Academy of Music in Bratislava, Slovakia. She went on to serve as the accompanist
for the school for 11 years, at the same time participating in several international
competitions as an accompanist, frequently winning awards for best accompanist. Ferguson
joined the IWU faculty in 1996 as an adjunct instructor, and was named a visiting
assistant professor in 2008.