“Scott Slapin is great!” -Ruggiero Ricci
"Slapin is a real viola virtuoso..." -American Record Guide
“…great talent not only as a violist but as a composer” -Journal of the American Viola Society
“Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’” -Fanfare
“well-designed music…emotionally expressive and varied” -New Jersey Star Ledger
“The virtuosity and musicality of Scott Slapin’s performances…surely cannot be improved upon.” -Musical Opinion
“first rate viola virtuoso…” -Journal of the Canadian Viola Society
“instrumentista exceptional” -Mundo Clasico
“wonderful playing… sonorous and rich” -The New York Violist
“tonal and rhythmic command” -Strad Magazine
"If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin." -Journal of the American Viola Society
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
Violist-composer Scott Slapin has been giving solo recitals for more than three decades and performing with his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than two. Scott and Tanya have premiered many of Scott's more than sixty violacentric recital compositions, most of which can be heard on ten-plus albums performed by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and the American Viola Quartet. Scott's music has also been performed by hundreds of viola players (and non-viola players alike!) throughout the world and includes many short recital pieces, sonatas, a symphony, a mass, a double concerto, and a duo-viola opera about Cremonus, god of the viola. A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, Scott served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition and has been commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society, where he was a 2020 artist in residence. Scott has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and radio programs throughout the U.S. and abroad, and his playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, the American Record Guide, Mundo Clásico, and Musical Opinion.
Scott was born into a family of string players in 1974 in New Jersey. At eighteen, he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, and he was performing daily as the solo violist in the 1992-1993 New York City production (Circle Repertory Theater) of the violacentric chamber opera 'Orpheus In Love'. He was the first person to record the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola and among the first violists, after his teacher Emanuel Vardi, to record all 24 Paganini Caprices. Scott's other teachers have included Barbara Barstow (violin/viola) and Richard Lane (composition). Scott gave countless recitals of the standard viola repertoire, premiered solo works in Carnegie's Weill Hall and at international viola congresses, and wrote for and soloed with orchestras. He played regularly in the symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, São Paulo, and Knoxville, where he was principal viola, and met Tanya touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi. They moved to New Orleans, where they became tenured members of the city's orchestra, and following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 they participated in relief concerts nationwide as soloists, as duo recitalists, and with the New York Philharmonic. During the 2010s they performed extensively and taught at several academies and colleges in Western Massachusetts.
Scott teaches viola, violin, and composition privately online and has reached students on five continents via Skype. His compositions are published by Violacentric Publications, Ourtext in London, Liben, and the American Viola Society. To mark the 300th anniversary of their existence in 2020, Scott performed from memory all of J.S. Bach's Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites (BWV 1001-1012) in one afternoon. He can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV, and he is the soloist for the premiere recordings of solo viola works by Blanche Blood, Robert Cobert, John Duke, Maurice Gardner, Richard Lane, Ivan Langstroth, Boris Pigovat, Frank Proto, Frederick Slee, and Gustav Strube. For more than one-hundred viola videos, visit Scott and Tanya's YouTube channel.
Scott plays a viola by Hiroshi Iizuka.