Scott Slapin is great!” -Ruggiero Ricci 

“Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’” -Fanfare 

"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 

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 

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



Scott Slapin with a painting by his teacher Emanuel Vardi

Scott Slapin's playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and he has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and radio programs throughout the US and abroad. He is a featured soloist, chamber musician, and composer on dozens of albums and the first person to have recorded the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006) on viola. He can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own recital compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV, and he has premiered solo works in such venues as Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and at international viola congresses. 

Scott's more than sixty Neo-Romantic recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of string players throughout the world and can be heard on ten albums played by the Slapin-Solomon Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, and the American Viola Quartet. 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.


One of Scott's compositions

One of Scott's compositions

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

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