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Bernard Zaslav correspondence and music from composers and other musicians, approximately 1800-2011, bulk: bulk 1956-2011

Identifier: MSS 8301 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains music that was written for Bernard Zaslav and his performing ensembles, music with related correspondence that was given to Bernard Zaslav and his performing ensembles, and Zaslav's collection of materials on Gabriela Lena Frank and Émile Férir. Dated approximately 1800-2011 with the bulk of the materials being from 1956-2011.


  • Publication: approximately 1800-2011
  • Publication: Majority of material found within 1956-2011


Language of Materials

Materials in English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bernard Zaslav papers on the viola must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

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.


5 oversize folders

3 folders


Arranged into five subseries. 1. Bernard Zaslav audio and performance materials on Gabriela Lena Frank, 2001-2010. 2. Music written for Bernard Zaslav and his performing ensembles, 1962-2005. 3. Music and related correspondence given to Bernard Zaslav and his performing ensembles, 1956-2011. 4. Bernard Zaslav collection of other correspondence from fellow musicians, 1959-1980. 5. Bernard Zaslav papers on Émile Férir, approximately 1800-1999.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States