If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin.”     
Journal of the American Viola Society


 “...brilliantly written... real lyricism... heartfelt’"   


"Slapin is a real viola virtuoso..."   
American Record Guide  


“…a solid core of modern viola duo writing.


Exceptional talent
Arts Council England


Scott Slapin is great! It's hard to imagine better performances.”   
20th Century Violin Virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci   


0:00 Bach Sonata No. 1 Fugue
0:39 Slapin South Hadley Mass (Adagio)
1:45 Lane Sonata No. 3 (Wind in the Trees)
2:30 Hindemith Sonata Op. 25, Nr. 1 (mvt 4)
3:02 Slapin Sonata in C for two violas (Andante)
4:10 Slapin Adventures in Ancestry (Part 1)
5:20 Slapin Intermezzo for two violas 

7:06 Paganini Caprice No. 3
7:50 Slapin Sonata in G for violin and viola (Allegretto)
8:31 Bach Partita No. 2 (Chaconne)
10:00 Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro
11:22 Slapin Lullaby
12:03 Paganini Caprice No. 10
12:35 Ernst The Last Rose of Summer

One of Scott's compositions

Scott with his Iizuka viola and violin and two paintings by William Sorrow

Scott with a painting by Emanuel Vardi

Click here to listen to the Slapin Anthology.


Scott Slapin (b. 1974) grew up in a family of string players in New Jersey and studied violin/viola with Barbara Barstow and Emanuel Vardi and composition with Richard Lane. At eighteen he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

He is the composer of ten albums of Neo-Romantic music for strings, highlights of which can be heard on The Slapin Anthology, and he is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola.

Scott has been commissioned by the Wistaria String Quartet, the American Viola Society, the Primrose International Viola Competition, and the Penn State Viola Ensemble, and he served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. He has given countless recitals of his own compositions alongside standard repertoire such as the complete solo works by Hindemith and Reger (for viola) and the Bach cycles (for violin and cello). Excerpts from his Bach Sonatas and Partitas and Paganini 24 Caprices albums (transposed but unarranged) can be heard along with some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV. 

He has premiered solo works at Carnegie's Weill Hall and international viola congresses, written for and soloed with orchestras, served as a Lucas Artists fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, played in symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo, and performed daily as the on-stage violist for an Off-Broadway show about a viola-playing Orpheus (Orpheus In Love). He is the soloist for the premiere recordings of 20th and 21st Century viola works by Frank Proto, Richard Lane, Patrick Neher, Boris Pigovat, Robert Cobert, Blanche Blood, John Duke, Arthur Foote, Maurice Gardner, Ivan Langstroth, Frederick Slee, and Gustav Strube. Early on, he performed much of the standard viola/piano recital repertoire with pianist Betty Rosenblum.

Scott and his wife Tanya Solomon performed together for more than twenty years as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo. They met in 1999 touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi and currently live in Vermont, where they teach privately. Scott and Tanya lived for several years in New Orleans, La., where they were tenured members of the state's philharmonic, and in Western Massachusetts, where they taught at Mount Holyoke and Amherst colleges, respectively. 

Scott's recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players internationally, and he has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and on radio programs worldwide. His playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, Musical Opinion, Mundo Clásico, and the American Record Guide. He plays a viola and violin by Hiroshi Iizuka and teaches viola, violin, and composition worldwide via Skype.


Listen to some of Scott's compositions (grouped by instrumentation) at YouTube:

Some of Scott's other YouTube videos take in: