Scott Slapin
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Member Since: January 8, 2006
Last Visit:January 11, 2023

Scott Slapin

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. Many of his compositions can be heard on 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 is a featured soloist on dozens of premiere recordings and the first person to have recorded the complete set of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas on viola; he can also be heard playing solo Bach, Paganini, and some of his own compositions on various soundtracks for film and TV. Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, performed together as the award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo for more than twenty years. 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. For more information, visit and

"Slapin is a real viola virtuoso..." (American Record Guide)

“…great talent not only as a violist but as a composer” -Journal of the American Viola Society

“Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’” -Fanfare

“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

“first rate viola virtuoso…” -Journal of the Canadian Viola Society

“instrumentista exceptional” -Mundo Clasico

“wonderful playing… sonorous and rich” -The New York Violist

“tonal and rhythmic command” -Strad Magazine

"If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin." (Journal of the American Viola Society)

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