"A family affair in the best sense of the word, this recording features compositions by violist Scott Slapin, performed by him, his viola-playing wife, his late mother (a cellist), as well as his father and uncle, both double bass players...thanks to Slapin's idiomatic writing, the music's full textures often suggest that more people might be involved than is actually the case...Slapin's ear for string colors is evident throughout this beautifully played and lovingly produced recording, which I have enjoyed immensely." - Journal of the American Viola Society (Carlos Maria Solare, Spring 2010)
"Un cede' diferente, muy personal y hecho con mucho carino." - Mundo Clasico (Juan Krakenberger, December 20th 2007)
Scott Slapin was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 18, 1974. At the age of fourteen, he made his debut as a composer with an orchestral work in the New Jersey State Theater, favorably reviewed in the New Jersey Star Ledger.
By eighteen he was one of the youngest graduates in the history of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he studied viola with Emanuel Vardi. Other teachers have included Barbara Barstow and Sally Peck for viola and Richard Lane for composition.
He began his career as the on-stage solo violist in the New York City production of Gerald Busby's Orpheus In Love (1992-1993), and the following year he was invited to give the premiere performance of Busby's Muse for Solo Viola in Carnegie's Weill Hall.
Scott has given scores of solo recitals, and he has premiered and recorded works written for him by distinguished American composers including Gerald Busby, Richard Lane, Patrick Neher and Frank Proto. He is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of J. S. Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas for Violin on viola, a cycle which he rerecorded in 2006. His solo CDs have received critical acclaim in journals such as The American Record Guide, Strad, Musical Opinion and Fanfare, as well as from legendary string virtuosi ranging from Gary Karr to Ruggiero Ricci.
Scott was commissioned to write the required solo piece for the 2008 International William Primrose Viola Competition. He has also written several chamber works featuring the viola, many of which can be heard on an Eroica Classical Recordings CD Reflection, performed by members of the Slapin family.
Scott and his wife, violist Tanya Solomon, are former artists in residence at the Montalvo Arts Center in California, and they have performed together throughout the United States and South America. They have toured with the Philadelphia Virtuosi and have been members of the symphony orchestras in São Paulo (Brazil), Louisville and New Orleans, where they have been based since 2003.
Following Hurricane Katrina (2005), they participated in benefit concerts from California to New York City (with the New York Philharmonic), and they released a CD Recital On The Road: What We Did On Our Summer Evacuation.
Scott and Tanya have premiered several new important works for the repertory for two violas, and they often perform together in recital. Their first orchestra positions were as principal violists of the Knoxville and Chattanooga Symphonies in eastern Tennessee, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World: American Viola Duos in the 21st Century, was hailed as "absolutely brilliant" in Strad Magazine.
Scott plays a 'viola d'amore style' viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (Local 174-496 New Orleans), the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) and the American Viola Society.
Visit his website at www.scottslapin.com