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


Scott Slapin's viola playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and his recital and chamber compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players throughout the world. Scott has been 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. Many of his more than sixty violacentric recital compositions 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. A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, Scott has premiered solo and chamber works in such venues as Carnegie's Weill Hall and at international viola congresses. He has been performing as a recitalist since the 1980s and teaching viola, violin, and composition since the 1990s. Scott has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and radio programs throughout the US and abroad.

Scott was born into a family of string players in New Jersey in 1974. He began violin/viola lessons with Barbara Barstow and studied composition with Richard Lane. At eighteen he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the youngest student in the studio of viola virtuoso Emanuel Vardi's. Scott was one of the first violists after Vardi to record all 24 Paganini Caprices and the first person to have recorded on viola the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006). He can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own recital compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV.

Scott began his career performing daily as the on-stage solo violist for the 1992-1993 New York City production Orpheus In Love, a chamber opera about a viola-playing Orpheus. He gave countless recitals and wrote for and soloed with orchestras. 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 in New Orleans, where Scott and his wife Tanya were tenured members. Scott and Tanya 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 met touring as the viola section of the Philadelphia Virtuosi and have been teaching viola and violin privately online for more than ten years, reaching students on five continents via Skype. Scott is a featured soloist and/or chamber musician on dozens of albums. For more than one-hundred viola videos, visit Scott and Tanya's YouTube channel. Scott plays a viola and violin by Hiroshi Iizuka

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