Scott Slapin

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

Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’” -Fanfare

Scott Slapin is great!” -Ruggiero Ricci

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

Slapin is a real viola virtuoso…-American Record Guide

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Scott Slapin's compositions have been performed by hundreds of musicians in concert halls throughout the Americas and Europe; at international competitions/workshops including the ARD, Primrose, and Tertis; and on eight albums of violacentric chamber music. A prolific composer of recital music for viola, Scott has written extensively for viola duo, viola choirviola in mixed ensembles, string quartet, and unaccompanied viola.

Scott is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas on viola and the featured soloist for dozens of premiere recordings by 20th and 21st Century composers. His solo playing can also be heard on soundtracks for film and TV. For more than twenty years, Scott and his wife violist Tanya Solomon have been performing as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo. They have given countless recitals, appeared at international viola congresses, premiered and recorded many new works, and made dozens of arrangements.

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At eighteen Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He maintains a private teaching studio (violin, viola, and composition) in South Hadley and Amherst, Massachusetts as well as worldwide via Skype. His playing has received critical acclaim in such publications as the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and he has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, several dissertations, and radio programs throughout the US and abroad. He plays instruments by Hiroshi Iizuka


…great talent not only as a violist but as a composer” -Journal of the American Viola Society

Quite impressive… the work was well stated and at times very moving.” -The Home News (NJ)

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

Slapin’s…Nocturne is a soulful, sad, and moving piece in the vein of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.” -All Music Guide

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Photos by Tanya Solomon