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

Scott Slapin is great!” 
Ruggiero Ricci  
 

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

 

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

 

"well designed music... emotionally expressive and varied"
Star Ledger, Newark, NJ
 

 

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

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

Scott with a painting by Emanuel Vardi

Scott with a painting by Emanuel Vardi

BIO

Scott Slapin's viola playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, the American Record Guide, Mundo Clásico, and Musical Opinion, and his popular recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players worldwide. Scott's original, Neo-Romantic music can be heard on ten albums recorded by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and the American Viola Quartet. Listen to highlights on The Slapin Anthology.

Scott 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, and he began his career as the on-stage, solo violist for the Off-Broadway production of Orpheus In Love--  a chamber opera about a viola-playing Orpheus. He premiered solo works in Carnegie's Weill Hall, at international viola congresses, and on many albums, and he appeared regularly in recital with pianist Betty Rosenblum. Scott was the first person to record the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola, and he can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini Caprices (he's recorded all 24), and some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV. He was commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society, and he served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition. A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, Scott saw much of the Americas playing in symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo and met his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi in 1999. Scott and Tanya performed together as the award-winning Slapin Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years and have been teaching privately since the 1990s.

Scott and Tanya teach violin and viola in their home studio north of Burlington, Vermont as well as worldwide via Skype. For more than one-hundred string-related videos, visit their YouTube channel. Scott's compositions include thirty viola duos; more than a dozen unaccompanied character pieces; chamber musicmusic for viola choir; four concertos; a mass "for the dead violist"; and a two-viola, one-act opera about Cremonus, God of the Viola. He has been playing instruments by Hiroshi Iizuka since 1986.

Violin and Viola by Hiroshi Iizuka

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