Faculty Recital to Feature Mazo, Ferguson

Vadim Mazo
Eva Ferguson

Sept. 22, 2015

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.

By Emily Phelps ’19