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

At eighteen Scott Slapin was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He studied violin/viola with Barbara Barstow and Emanuel Vardi and 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 is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola, and he can be heard playing solo Bach, some of his own compositions, and Paganini Caprices (he's also recorded the complete set) on various soundtracks for film and TV. Scott has premiered solo works by 20th and 21st Century composers at international viola congresses, in Carnegie's Weill Hall, and on many albums; his solo playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, Musical Opinion, Mundo Clásico, and the American Record Guide.

Scott's popular recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players worldwide, and he has been commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and by the American Viola Society, where he was a 2020 artist in residence. 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. His lyrical, Neo-Romantic compositions for strings can be heard on The Slapin Anthology, which draws from ten albums of his music recorded by the Slapin Solomon Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, the American Viola Quartet, and members of the Slapin family. Scott studied composition with Richard Lane and made his debut as a teenager with an orchestral work in the State Theater of his native New Jersey. His 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.

Scott has written for and soloed with ensembles of all sizes, performed regularly as a chamber musician, and played on contract in symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo. Scott and his wife, Tanya Solomon, performed for more than twenty years as the award-winning Slapin Solomon Duo and taught at various colleges and academies in New England. Scott has been playing instruments by Hiroshi Iizuka since 1986. He teaches violin, viola, and composition privately worldwide via Skype and has reached students on five continents. His students range from beginners to advanced professionals. For more than one-hundred string-related videos, visit Scott and Tanya's YouTube channel.

Violin and Viola by Hiroshi Iizuka

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