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Scott Slapin's viola playing has received critical acclaim in Fanfare, Strad, the American Record Guide, Mundo Clásico, and Musical Opinion, and his popular recital compositions have been performed by hundreds of viola players throughout the world. Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, have been performing together as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years. Many of Scott's compositions can be heard on more than ten albums by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, and the American Viola Quartet. Scott was the first person to record the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola; in addition to a rare viola recording of Paganini's 24 Caprices, he can be heard playing Bach, Paganini, and some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV. At eighteen Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He teaches viola, violin, and composition privately online and has reached students on five continents via Skype.
Scott has been commissioned by the Primrose International Viola Competition and the American Viola Society, where he was a 2020 artist in residence, and he is a former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California. He served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition and has been profiled in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Strings Magazine, and radio programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Born into a family of string players in 1974, Scott's main teachers included Barbara Barstow, Richard Lane (1933-2004), and Emanuel Vardi (1917-2011). Scott and Tanya have taught at various colleges and academies in the Northeastern US and played throughout the US, South America, and Europe with many ensembles. As a duo they have given countless recitals and expanded the repertoire for two violas though many premieres, their own pioneering arrangements, and Scott's own compositions. For more than one-hundred viola videos, visit Scott and Tanya's YouTube channel.
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