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Gerald M. Shapiro was born in Philadelphia in 1942 and attended public schools there. He received the Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from the Eastman School of Music in 1964 and continued with graduate work at the University of California at Davis, the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris, and Mills College, where he received an M.A. in 1967. His principal teachers of composition during this period were Darius Milhaud, Mort Subotnick, Karlheinze Stockhausen, and Nadia Boulanger. In 1967 he accepted a position at Brown University where he remains, currently as professor of Music. Shapiro’s compositions are regularly performed at concerts in the United States and around the world. Representative works include Phoenix and Prayer for the Great Family written for the British vocal ensemble, Electric Phoenix; Mount Hope in Autumn premiered by the R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra; Piano Trio #1 commissioned by the N.E.A. for the Yuval Trio of Israel ; In Times Shadow for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra; String Quartet #2 for the Mondriaan Quartet, The Netherlands; Four Love Songs for the Wesleyan University Chorus, Trio for Saxophones and Piano for the Trio Saxiana, Paris; From the Log of the Alice, for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra; Toccata for the Iceland Philharmonic Orchestra; and Change and End for Ensemble Zellig, Paris. Performances of these and many other works have been included in programs at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the New York Summer Festival at Lincoln Center, the Grand Teton Festival in Wyoming, the Montanea Festival in Leukerbad, Switzerland, the Adolph Sax and Saxophones en Fete festivals in Paris, France, the De Stem Festival in Amsterdam, Holland, and the Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum. In addition to professional performances, Shapiro’s music is often programmed by University and conservatory ensembles. Recent performances have taken place at Brown University, Wesleyan University, Rice University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Michigan, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois. His music is published by Editions Billaudot in Paris, and available on the Naxos and Neuma Record labels.


Gerald Shapiro's Brown University Profile

Gerald Shapiro's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)