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 Off-Broadway production of Orpheus In Love. He gave countless recitals, made dozens of premiere recordings, wrote for and soloed with orchestras, and premiered solo works in such venues as Carnegie's Weill Hall and at international viola congresses. He played on contract in the main symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Louisville, New Orleans, and São Paulo (Brazil), sharing a stand in the last three with his wife, violist Tanya Solomon. Scott and Tanya met touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi, subsequently serving as principal violists in the Knoxville and Chattanooga (Tenn.) Symphonies respectively. Based in western Mass., they have taught at several academies and colleges and have been performing together as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years.
Scott's music is tonal, lyrical, and expressive, with influences from much of the Western Classical canon and beyond. To listen to some, and for information about recordings, sheet music, lessons etc., visit www.scottslapin.com.
"Slapin is a real virtuoso..."
American Record Guide
"...great talent not only as a violist but as a composer"
Journal of the American Viola Society
"Slapin's magnificent playing says 'Bring it on!'"
"Scott Slapin is great!"
“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."