Mario Paci Collection

Mario Paci publicity portrait; Josepho-Studios, Shanghai

Mario Paci (1878-1946) is best known today as the conductor that transformed the Shanghai Town Band into one of the finest orchestras in East Asia, the Shanghai Municipal Orchestra, which later became the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In addition to being a conductor, he was a composer and especially a gifted pianist who concertized throughout the world. The Mario Paci Papers in the Stanford Libraries Department of Special Collections were donated by his daughter, Floria Paci Zaharoff, in 2011. The collection is comprised of a small number of articles, letters, photographs, drawings, programs, newspaper clippings, and musical scores, nearly all of which are included in this exhibit. Much of the material relates to Paci's personal and family life, through which it is possible to learn about his musical activities first as a concert pianist in Europe and Asia and then later during his many years in China.