One of the leading violist-composers of his generation, Scott has written more than sixty published works featuring the viola. His solo and chamber music has been performed by hundreds of violists in recital halls throughout the world as well as at major competitions/workshops including the ARD, Primrose, and Tertis. A former artist in residence at the Montalvo Arts Center in California and the American Viola Society, Scott served as a committee member, judge, and performer for the inaugural Maurice Gardner Composition Competition and has been commissioned by the American Viola Society and the Primrose International Viola Competition. Many of his Neo-Romantic violacentric recital compositions can be heard on more than ten albums performed by the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo, the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, Viola Around the World, Pioneer Valley Strings, and the American Viola Quartet. "If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin" (Journal of the American Viola Society)
Scott was born into a family of string players in 1974. He studied violin/viola with Barbara Barstow and Emanuel Vardi, composition with Richard Lane, and at eighteen was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music. He performed daily as the solo violist for the 1992-1993 New York City production of the violacentric chamber opera Orpheus In Love and met Tanya touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi. He gained orchestral experience playing on contract with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (as principal violist), the Louisville Orchestra, the New Orleans-based Louisiana Philharmonic, and Brazil's São Paulo State Symphony, sharing a stand with Tanya in the last three. Displaced by Hurricane Katrina from their former home in New Orleans, they participated in relief concerts from coast to coast as soloists, as duo recitalists, and with the New York Philharmonic.
Over the past two decades Scott and Tanya have expanded the repertoire for two violas through many premieres, their own pioneering arrangements, and Scott's compositions. Their duo albums have garnered praise in Strad, the New York Violist, the All Music Guide, and the Journals of the American and Canadian Viola Societies. They have taught at colleges and academies in the Northeast and for over a decade have been teaching online, reaching students on five continents via Skype. Scott teaches viola, violin, composition, and music theory. During the pandemic of 2020, they recorded double viola concerti by Patrick Neher and Scott Slapin, and Scott made YouTube videos of the complete unaccompanied solo works of Hindemith, Reger, and Slapin. Scott and Tanya make their home in South Hadley, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit scottslapin.com and violaduo.com.
"...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."