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 choir, viola 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.
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.