The Slapin-Solomon Viola Duo has been featured at several international viola congresses and is the winner of the Best Chamber Music Performance for 2008 at the Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans. They have made premiere recordings for Eroica Classical Recordings, ISG, and the American Viola Society, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World was hailed as 'absolutely brilliant' in Strad Magazine. Their recordings have also 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, and you can hear them perform Scott's Nocturne in the final scene of the award-winning docudrama Secret Life, Secret Death.
As soloists, they contributed to the first complete all-viola recording of J.S. Bach's Unaccompanied Sonatas, Partitas and Suites (BWV 1001-1013), with Scott performing the Sonatas and Partitas and Tanya playing the Suites. As orchestral musicians, they spent their first few years together as members of the full-time orchestras in São Paulo (Brazil), Louisville, and New Orleans. They met touring as the viola section of the Philadelphia Virtuosi. Together, they have shared the stage with (and in some cases recorded with) such outstanding and diverse artists as Joshua Bell, James Galway, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, Marvin Hamlisch, Smokey Robinson, Ben E. King, Dr. John, Randy Newman, and Itzhak Perlman with the New York Philharmonic. They also have extensive experience recording soundtracks for film and tv.
Scott and Tanya have decades of experience teaching privately, and they have given masterclasses at universities, coached chamber ensembles, and worked with youth orchestras. They are members of the American Viola Society and the American String Teachers Association.
A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Tanya is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and Northwestern University in Illinois. She has performed extensively on both viola and violin in ensembles and music festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. She has been involved with music for over 30 years and has taught at all levels, from young children to adults. While principal violist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, she taught at the University of Tennessee. Tanya has also been a member of the New World Symphony in Florida, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestras in Charleston, SC and in Spoleto, Italy. For more information about Tanya, visit www.tanyasolomon.com.
At eighteen, Scott was one of the youngest graduates of the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. His many recordings of the recital repertoire have received critical acclaim in such publications as the American Record Guide, Strad, Musical Opinion, Mundo Clásico and Fanfare, and his compositions have been performed by scores of violists throughout the Americas and Europe, as well as at the Primrose, Tertis and ARD Competitions. He has written five albums of violacentric chamber music most of which are viola duos, as well as educational materials for beginning string players. Scott was featured in a lengthy article in the Spring 2010 edition of the Journal of the American Viola Society. He has taught violin and viola privately for more than twenty years and on five continents via Skype. For more information about Scott, visit www.scottslapin.com.
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