Scott Slapin is an American composer, violist, violinist, teacher, and arranger. His chamber music has been widely performed throughout the world, and his solo playing has received critical acclaim in such publications as the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad. He has written nine albums of chamber music for strings with performances by the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, the American Viola Quartet, and the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo. A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, 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. He has given countless recitals and premiered solo works in such venues as Carnegie's Weill Hall and at international viola congresses. A champion of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas, Scott is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle on viola and can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini Caprices, and his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV.
Scott was born into a family of musicians in 1974. He studied composition with Richard Lane and violin/viola with Barbara Barstow and Emanuel Vardi. At the age of eighteen, he was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, and he was performing daily as the solo violist for the 1992-1993 New York City production of Orpheus In Love, a chamber opera about a viola-playing Orpheus. He gained orchestral experience playing with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops in Ohio and as principal violist with the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Tennessee. With his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, he toured with the Philadelphia Virtuosi and the São Paulo Symphony before moving to New Orleans, where they became tenured members of the city's orchestra. Since 2012, Scott and Tanya have made their home in western Massachusetts, where they teach privately. They have been performing together as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years. Scott teaches violin, viola, and composition and has taught on five continents via Skype. For more information, visit www.violaduo.com and www.scottslapin.com.
Scott demonstrating a Paganini Caprice on
the viola during a masterclass at the
Hartt School of Music.
Scott and Tanya giving a class on the
Bach Chaconne at the Lyra Festival and
Workshop at Smith College.
The Slapin-Solomon Duo premiering Scott’s
Four Seasons of New England at the
Gaylord Library in South Hadley, MA.
Scott performing his own piece, Capricious, with Tanya Solomon and Ila Rondeau at the 2012 Viola Congress in Rochester, NY. (photo by Dwight Pounds)
Composers Forum at the 2008 Viola Congress in Tempe, AZ. From left to right: Moderator James DeMars and composers Scott Slapin, Bruce E. Miller, and Kenji Bunch.
Scott premiering Rachel Matthews’ Dreams at the 2010 Viola Congress in Cincinnati, OH (with composer).
(photo by Dwight Pounds)
The Wistaria String Quartet recording an album of
Scott at Penn State coaching the viola ensemble, giving a masterclass, and playing a recital.
A recital at the Williston Northampton
School where Scott taught violin and viola and
coached the ensemble.
Slapin on the campus of Mt. Holyoke College where he taught viola and coached chamber music.
Scott recording one of Frank Proto’s Soundscapes
in Cincinnati, OH.
Performing Elliot Corner’s Energico for solo viola
in Amherst, MA.