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 performing his own violacentric recital compositions since the 1980s and teaching viola, violin, and composition privately since the 1990s.

Scott has written more than sixty violacentric compositions, many of which can be heard on ten albums played by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, the American Viola Quartet, and the Wistaria String Quartet. His recital music has been performed by hundreds of violists throughout the world. 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. A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, 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 the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad. He is a featured soloist and/or chamber musician on dozens of premiere recordings of recital works by 20th and 21st Century composers including Blanche Blood, Gerald Busby, Robert Cobert, Maurice Gardner, Richard Lane, Ivan Langstroth, Rachel Matthews, Patrick Neher, Boris Pigovat, Frank Proto, David Rimelis, Frederick Slee, and Gustav Strube. Scott is the first person to have recorded the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006) on viola; he has performed (from memory) all of J.S. Bach's unaccompanied music for violin and cello. He was also among the first violists, after his teacher Emanuel Vardi, to record all 24 Paganini Caprices. Scott can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own recital compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV.

Scott was born into a family of string players in New Jersey in 1974. He began violin and viola lessons with Barbara Barstow and composition lessons with Richard Lane. At eighteen, Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music. He performed daily as the on-stage solo violist for the 1992-1993 New York City production of the violacentric chamber opera Orpheus In Love, wrote for and soloed with orchestras, gave countless recitals, and premiered solo works in such venues as Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and at international viola congresses. His first full-time orchestral position brought him to Knoxville, Tenn., where he was principal violist with the city's symphony and chamber orchestras, and he played regularly in the main orchestras in Cincinnati, São Paulo, and New Orleans, where Scott and his wife Tanya were tenured members. Scott and Tanya met touring as the viola section of the Philadelphia Virtuosi, taught at several academies and colleges in Western Massachusetts, and have been performing as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than two decades. They have been teaching viola and violin privately online for more than ten years, reaching students on five continents via Skype. For more than one-hundred viola videos, visit their YouTube channel. Scott plays a viola and violin by Hiroshi Iizuka.

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