Bernard Zaslav was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Julliard School of Music. He studied violin there with Sascha Jacobsen and Mischa Mischakoff. He later studied viola with Lillian Fuchs at Yale Summer School. In 1948 Zaslav joined the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons and afterwards played in many prominent symphony orchestras in the New York area. His main area of expertise however, was chamber music. He played with the Kohon String Quartet in New York, the Fine Arts Quartet in Wisconsin, and the Vermeer Quartet in Northern Illinois where he taught. Additionally he joined the Stanford String Quartet at Stanford University in 1985 where he was on the faculty. In 1962 he created the Zaslav Duo (piano and viola) with his wife, Naomi Zaslav which has performed and recorded around the world.
Zaslav was also a firm advocate for new music and was one of the original members of the Composers Quartet which performed and recorded many new works of American composers at the time.
Citation:Viola.com, via WWW, October 31, 2014 (Bernard Zaslav; b. in Brooklyn, NY; where he studied; what musical groups he was a member of; joined the Cleveland Orchestra in 1948; joined the Stanford String Quartet in 1985; created the Zaslav duo in 1962)
Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:
Contains edits, compositions, and arrangements that Bernard Zaslav did of various pieces for viola. It also includes correspondence between Zaslav and Mike Buck from Ovation Press about one of the pieces the former was editing. Dated approximately 1930-2014.
Contains Bernard Zaslav's collection of published as well as photocopied viola solo and string chamber music. Dated approximately 1770-2014 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1840-2014.
Contains music sent to Bernard Zaslav often with correspondence from the composer. Dated 1956-2011.
Contains music that was either dedicated to or written for Bernard Zaslav and/or his performing ensembles. Many include correspondence to Bernard Zaslav from the composer. Dated 1962-2005.
Contains photographs of Bernard Zaslav and his various performing ensembles, including duets and quartets. Dated 1962-1978.
Contains photographs of Bernard Zaslav as well as a drawing of him and his viola. Dated circa 1975-1985.
This collection contains Bernard Zaslav's papers on the viola which consist of solo and chamber music scores, his own compositions and arrangements, and correspondence with other musicians. The collection also includes photographs and other promotional material for his performing groups. Dated approximately 1770-2014 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1900-2014.