“If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin.”
Journal of the American Viola Society
"Slapin is a real viola virtuoso..."
American Record Guide
"well designed music... emotionally expressive and varied"
Star Ledger, Newark, NJ
“Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’”
“Scott Slapin is great!”
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's viola playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and his recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players worldwide. Scott is the first person to have recorded the complete set of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola, and his lyrical, Neo-Romantic compositions can be heard on ten albums performed by the the Wistaria String Quartet, the American Viola Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and by the Slapin Solomon Viola Duo, in which Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, performed for more than two decades. Scott's violacentric compositions include more than a dozen unaccompanied character pieces; thirty duos; several recital works with piano; four concertos; music for viola choir; music for string quartet; a mass ("for the dead violist"); and a two-viola, one-act opera about Cremonus, God of the Viola.
Scott was born in 1974 into a family of string players. At eighteen he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He premiered solo works in Carnegie's Weill Hall, at international viola congresses, and on many albums, and he can be heard on various soundtracks for film and TV playing his own compositions, solo Bach, and Paganini Caprices. (He's recorded all 24 Caprices.) Scott was the on-stage, solo violist for the Off-Broadway production of Orpheus In Love, a chamber opera about a viola-playing Orpheus, and he played regularly with pianist Betty Rosenblum, the NYC-area Sutton Ensemble, the Philadelphia Virtuosi (in which he and Tanya met), and in symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo. Scott and Tanya taught at various academies and colleges in the Northeastern US and currently teach viola and violin privately worldwide via Skype from their home studio north of Burlington, Vermont. Scott was commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society, where he was a 2020 artist in residence, and he served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. He is a former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. In addition to many shows of his own compositions, he has performed (from memory) the complete cycles of Bach's Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites; Reger's Suites; and Hindemith's Solo Viola Sonatas.
Scott's 24 Etudes, Four Seasons of New England, and Trauermusik are dedicated to his first violin and viola teacher Barbara Barstow (1947-2022), and his viola trio Capricious was written in memory of his final viola teacher Emanuel Vardi (1917-2011). Scott's widely-performed Nocturne is dedicated to his composition teacher, mentor, and friend Richard Lane (1933-2004). Scott has been playing instruments by Hiroshi Iizuka (pictured below) since 1986. For more than one-hundred violacentric videos, visit Scott and Tanya's YouTube channel.