The award-winning Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo has expanded the repertoire for viola duo through numerous premieres, commissions, recordings, and their own pioneering transcriptions. As one of the few long-term performing viola duos in the world--- now for over twenty years--- Scott and Tanya have been featured at several international viola congresses and have made premiere recordings for Eroica Classical Recordings, ISG, and the American Viola Society. Their debut CD Sketches from the New World was hailed as 'absolutely brilliant' in Strad Magazine, and other recordings have garnered critical acclaim in such publications as the New York Violist, the All Music Guide, and the Journals of the American and Canadian Viola Societies. They can be heard performing Scott's Nocturne in the final scene of the award-winning docudrama Secret Life, Secret Death. Scott and Tanya met touring with the Philadelphia Virtuosi and subsequently played throughout South America and the US together as members of many symphony orchestras, sharing the stage with such notable soloists and ensembles as Itzhak Perlman, Leonidas Kavakos, Joshua Bell, Roberto Diaz, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Dave Brubeck, Smokey Robinson, Ben E. King, the São Paulo Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. They recorded film and tv soundtracks for Lionsgate and NBC, among others, and as a duo won Best Chamber Performance of 2008 at the Big Easy Entertainment Awards in New Orleans. Scott and Tanya have taught privately on five continents via Skype, and they maintain private violin and viola studios in South Hadley and Amherst, MA comprising students ranging in age from children to older adults, spanning from beginners to advanced professionals. They also coach ensembles for Pioneer Valley Strings. Visit them online at violaduo.com.
A native of Geneva, Switzerland, violist Tanya Solomon holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Northwestern University. Her teachers have included Michael Tseitlin, Robert Eshbach, Jeffrey Irvine, and Peter Slowik. A finalist in the International William Primrose Competition, Tanya has performed extensively in ensembles and music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, given many recitals, and soloed with orchestras performing such lyrical 20th Century repertoire as Hindemith's Trauermusik and Vaughan-Williams' Flos Campi. She can be heard playing all six Bach Cello Suites as part of the first complete all-viola recording ever made of J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas, Partitas, and Suites (BWV 1001-1013), released in 2009 on the Eroica Classical Recordings label. Tanya has been a member of the New World Symphony in Florida, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestras in both Charleston, SC and Spoleto, Italy, the Louisville Orchestra, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, the São Paulo Symphony in Brazil, and the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans, playing in the last four alongside her husband and recital partner, violist Scott Slapin. Tanya formerly taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was principal violist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and currently teaches viola at Amherst College. She plays a viola made by Marten Cornelissen of Northampton, MA. Visit Tanya online at tanyasolomon.com.
“If any contemporary violist continues to carry the torch of the composer-performer, it is Scott Slapin.” (Journal of the American Viola Society) At age eighteen, violist-composer Scott Slapin was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He can be heard as soloist and chamber musician on dozens of albums as well as on various soundtracks for film and TV. He is the first person to have recorded the complete cycle of Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas on viola. He has given countless recitals and written more than fifty original violacentric chamber compositions, which have been performed by hundreds of musicians throughout the Americas and Europe, at international competitions/workshops including the ARD, Primrose, and Tertis, and on nine albums by various artists including the Wistaria String Quartet, the Penn State Viola Ensemble, and the Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo. Before settling in South Hadley, Massachusetts, Scott held contracts with symphony orchestras from Cincinnati to São Paulo and taught at several academies in the Northeast. Visit Scott online at scottslapin.com. “Slapin is a real viola virtuoso” (American Record Guide) “Slapin’s magnificient playing says ‘Bring it on!’” (Fanfare)
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