Tanya Solomon, violist

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0:00 Clarke Sonata (live excerpt)
01:33 Bach Suite No. 2 Sarabande (excerpt)
02:28 Hindemith Trauermusik (live excerpt)
04:15 Bach Suite No. 5 Prelude (excerpt)
06:55 Brahms Sonata in f minor (live excerpt)
08:25 Vaughan Williams Flos Campi (live excerpts)
13:42 Rolla Duet in E-flat major for two violas (excerpt)


Bio

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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.

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Tanya has been a member of the New World Symphony in Florida, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Philadelphia Virtuosi, the São Paulo Symphony in Brazil, and the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans. She taught at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she was principal violist with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. As duo recitalists, Tanya and her husband, violist Scott Slapin, have been featured performers at several International Viola Congresses/Festivals, and they won Best Chamber Music Performance in 2008 at the Big Easy Entertainment Awards in New Orleans. They have made many recordings, and their debut CD Sketches from the New World: American Viola Duos in the 21st Century was hailed as "absolutely brilliant" in Strad Magazine. Visit the Slapin-Solomon Duo on the web at: www.violaduo.com

Tanya teaches violin and viola privately in western Massachusetts and online via Skype. Her students span from beginners to advanced professionals and have ranged in age from young children to older adults. She plays a viola made by Marten Cornelissen of Northampton, MA.

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Recordings

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To see duo recordings, please visit the Slapin-Solomon Duo website!

"Solomon is rhythmically alive and always sensitive to the music's implied polyphony"

- Journal of the American Viola Society
"Highly recommended!"

- The Canadian Viola Society Newsletter

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Teaching

Tanya teaches violin and viola in Western Massachusetts and online via Skype. Along with her husband, Scott Slapin, she founded Pioneer Valley Strings which offers violin, viola, and cello lessons, along with chamber music and a small string chamber orchestra. 

If you're interested in taking lessons with Tanya via Skype, please visit the Slapin-Solomon Duo site.

If you'd like lessons in Amherst or South Hadley, MA, please visit Pioneer Valley Strings.

"As a beginner/intermediate adult student, I worked with Tanya for three years and made more progress with her than with any other instructor. Rather than adhering to one particular teaching method, she helps her students maximize their potential by troubleshooting problems and tailoring her instruction to the individual's needs. She strives to make lessons both fruitful and fun, and seems to truly enjoy sharing her gift for making music. I can highly recommend Tanya to any adult who wishes to learn to play the violin or viola.

- Lisa W.

OTHER SITES:

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Pioneer Valley Strings
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Slapin-Solomon Duo
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Violacentrism