Vadim Mazo

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An abstract of this interview is available below, and a photograph mentioned during this interview is linked at the bottom of this page. A transcript of this interview is available for download above and to the right. The audio recording is embedded below. An essay summarizing themes that emerged from interviews conducted about Myers in 2016 is available: Portrait of a Collector: Reflections on an Influential Bibliophile.

This interview subject is affiliated with IWU and/or President Myers in the following ways: Head of the Strings Department and Associate Professor of Music, 1987-present.


Mazo recalls his first conversation with Myers and the support he felt from him right away for their mutual interests in music and also discusses encounters he had with Myers in his studio and about "Musical Bridges," a program he feels Myers' interest in his work inspired. Mazo feels Myers was a personal inspiration with his example of curiosity. He credits the widening of his interest in bows and batons to Myers' influence. In turn, he is sharing his interests with his students. He speculates that visitors Myers brought in were to improve the intellectual health of the campus and that Myers set an example for the kind of intellectual life that could be.

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music scores, collecting Prime Ministers and scientists, chamber orchestra, collector, musical instruments, silver, bows, personal characteristics, multi-talented, books, bows, Renaissance Man, perfomance of manuscripts, support, auction, Portrait of a Collector, Faculty


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Examining the details of a violin