Scott Slapin is a composer, violist, violinist, and private teacher based in South Hadley, Massachusetts. With his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, he has been concertizing as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years. Scott's violacentric recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of musicians in concert halls throughout the world and at major competitions/workshops including the ARD, Primrose, and Tertis.
Scott was born into a family of string players in 1974. At eighteen he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He gave countless recitals, made dozens of premiere recordings, wrote for and soloed with orchestras, taught at academies and colleges, and was a fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. He is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola, movements of which he has often included in his unaccompanied recital series 'Greatest Hits from the Twenties' alongside excerpts from the Bach Cello Suites (1720), Paganini Caprices (1820), and Hindemith Solo Sonatas (1920s). Scott can also be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV.
Scott served as committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition and has been commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society, where he has also been artist in residence. He was the solo violist for the New York City production of Orpheus In Love, a chamber opera about a viola-playing Orpheus, and his first full-time orchestral position brought him to Knoxville, Tenn., where he was principal violist with the city's symphony and chamber orchestras. He gained further orchestral experience playing in the main symphony orchestras in Cincinnati and São Paulo, among others, and met Tanya touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi. Scott and Tanya were based in New Orleans, where they were tenured members of the city's orchestra, during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Scott has written more than sixty violacentric chamber works, which can be heard on nine albums recorded by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, and the American Viola Quartet. He has also written violacentric symphonies, concertos, and educational materials for beginning string players. Scott and Tanya have made many popular string-duo arrangements and received critical acclaim for their duo recordings in Strad, the New York Violist, the All Music Guide, and the Journals of the American and Canadian Viola Societies. Scott's solo playing has garnered praise in such publications as the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad. For more info., please visit scottslapin.com and violaduo.com.
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