Scott Slapin
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Member Since: January 8, 2006
Last Visit:June 3, 2019

Scott Slapin

Scott Slapin (b. 1974) is a composer of eight albums of chamber music and a featured viola soloist on dozens of premiere recordings including the first complete viola version ever made of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas. His playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad, and his compositions have been performed by hundreds of musicians throughout Europe and the Americas as well as at international competitions/workshops including the ARD, Primrose, and Tertis. Scott studied composition with Richard Lane (1933-2004) and at eighteen was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the youngest student in the studio of viola virtuoso Emanuel Vardi's (1917-2011). A former fellow at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, Scott has been performing for more than twenty years as one-half of the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo and can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini Caprices and some of his own compositions on soundtracks for film and TV. Scott maintains a private violin, viola, and composition teaching studio in western Massachusetts as well as worldwide via Skype. For more information, visit him at

"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!"
Ruggiero Ricci

"the virtuosity and musicality of Scott Slapin's performances...surely cannot be improved upon."
Musical Opinion

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