Scott Slapin
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Member Since: January 8, 2006
Last Visit:August 25, 2019

Scott Slapin

Scott Slapin (b. 1974) has written violacentric orchestral works, pedagogical materials for beginning string players, and nine albums of chamber music. His chamber 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. He is a featured viola soloist on dozens of premiere recordings, and his playing has received critical acclaim in the American Record Guide, Fanfare, Mundo Clásico, Musical Opinion, and Strad. At eighteen Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City; his main teachers have included Barbara Barstow, Emanuel Vardi (1917-2011) and Richard Lane (1933-2004).

Scott is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola and can be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini Caprices, and his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV. 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. Scott and his wife, Tanya Solomon, have been performing together for more than twenty years as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo and maintain private teaching studios (vln., vla., and composition) in western Massachusetts as well as worldwide via Skype. For more information, visit and

"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

“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."
Musical Opinion

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