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

 “...brilliantly written... real lyricism... heartfelt’"   

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

“…a solid core of modern viola duo writing.

  “Scott Slapin is great! It's hard to imagine better performances.”   
20th Century Violin Virtuoso 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

Scott with his Iizuka viola and violin and two paintings by William Sorrow

Scott with a painting by Emanuel Vardi

Click here to listen to the Slapin Anthology.


Scott Slapin (b. 1974, NJ) grew up in a family of string players and 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.

He is the composer of ten albums of Neo-Romantic music for viola with commissions from the Primrose International Viola Competition, the American Viola Society, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, and the Wistaria String Quartet. He is also the soloist for premiere recordings (Frank Proto's Soundscapes, AVS Premieres), unedited videos of standard repertoire (complete Hindemith and Reger solo viola works), and unarranged viola transpositions of violin music (Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, Paganini's 24 Caprices, and Ysaye's Six Solo Sonatas.) His 1998 Sonatas and Partitas album was the first complete recording of its kind on viola, and he can be heard playing Bach, Paganini, and some of his own music on soundtracks for film and TV. 

He has premiered solo works at Carnegie's Weill Hall and international viola congresses, written for and soloed with ensembles of all sizes, and served as a Lucas Artists fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. His playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, Musical Opinion, Mundo Clásico, and the American Record Guide, and his recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of violists internationally. He began his career performing daily as the on-stage violist for Orpheus In Love, an Off-Broadway show about a viola-playing Orpheus, and he gained orchestral experience playing on contract in the symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Ohio and (as principal violist) Knoxville, Tennessee. He has been teaching privately and performing as a recitalist for three decades. 

Scott and his wife Tanya Solomon performed together for more than twenty years as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo. They met touring as the viola section of the Philadelphia Virtuosi and spent their first decade together sharing a stand in full-time orchestras from São Paulo, Brazil to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they were tenured members and based during Hurricane Katrina. Scott and Tanya lived in Western Massachusetts, where they taught at Mount Holyoke and Amherst colleges, respectively, and currently make their home in Gateshead, England.

Scott teaches viola, violin, and composition worldwide via Skype. His students span in ability from beginners to advanced professionals and have ranged in age from eight to eighty. He plays a viola and violin by Hiroshi Iizuka.


Listen to some of Scott's compositions (grouped by instrumentation) at YouTube:

Some of Scott's other YouTube videos take in: