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 CDs that Gabriela Lena Frank gave to Bernard Zaslav that have recordings of her compositions on them. Dated 2001-2010.
Contains music that was sent to Bernard Zaslav. It also includes a letter from William Primrose. Dated 1959-1980.
Bernard Zaslav collection of published music scores, approximately 1770-1999, bulk: Approximately 1860-1999
Contains Bernard Zaslav's collection of published music scores. Dated approximately 1770-1999 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1860-1999.
Bernard Zaslav collection of viola parts to chamber music scores, approximately 1783-2014, bulk: Approximately 1825-1967
Contains published viola parts to chamber music scores. Dated approximately 1783-2014 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1825-1967.
Contains full scores to chamber music written mainly for string duets, trios, and quartets. Dated approximately 1900-2014 with the bulk of the materials being from 1957-2008.
Bernard Zaslav correspondence and music from composers and other musicians, approximately 1800-2011, bulk: bulk 1956-2011
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.
Contains music scores that are either composed/arranged by Émile Férir or signed by him. Dated approximately 1800-1999 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1837-1959.
Contains music scores that Bernard Zaslav and his ensembles performed. It also includes concert programs from some of those performances. Dated 1843-2001 with the bulk of the materials being from 1950-2000.