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!’
Fanfare 
 

Scott Slapin is great!
Ruggiero Ricci  

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 lyrical, Neo-Romantic compositions have been performed worldwide by hundreds of violists (and non-violists alike!) and include more than a dozen unaccompanied character pieces; thirty duos; 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. Many of Scott's compositions can be heard on ten albums recorded by the the Wistaria String Quartet, the American Viola Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and by the award-winning Slapin Solomon Viola Duo, in which Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, performed for more than twenty years. 

At the age of eighteen, Scott (b. 1974, Newark, NJ) was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He studied composition with Richard Lane (1933-2004) and viola/violin with Barbara Barstow (1947-2022) and Emanuel Vardi (1917-2011). Scott 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 performed regularly in recital with pianist Betty Rosenblum and premiered solo works by contemporary composers in Carnegie's Weill Hall, at international viola congresses, and on many albums. He was the first person to record the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola. Scott did stints in symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo, taught at colleges and academies in the Northeast, and was a fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. He 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. In addition to his own unaccompanied compositions, Scott has performed (from memory) the complete cycles of Hindemith's Solo Viola Sonatas, Reger's Suites for Viola, and Bach's Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites. He is a featured soloist for the premiere recordings of viola works by Blanche Blood, Robert Cobert, John Woods Duke, Arthur Foote, Maurice Gardner, Richard Lane, Ivan Langstroth, Patrick Neher, Boris Pigovat, Frank Proto, Frederick Slee, and Gustav Strube, 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. Scott's playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad. He has been playing instruments by Hiroshi Iizuka since 1986. 

Scott and Tanya currently teach viola and violin privately worldwide via Skype from their home north of Burlington, Vermont. For more than one-hundred violacentric videos, visit their YouTube channel.

Violin and Viola by Hiroshi Iizuka

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