Mark Shapiro, Conductor

Versatile conductor Mark Shapiro is one of a handful of artistic leaders in North America to have won a prestigious ASCAP Programming Award four times, achieving the unique distinction of winning such an award with more than one ensemble. Equally at home with orchestras, opera companies, and choruses, Maestro Shapiro is currently Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony.

Maestro Shapiros 2014-15 opera engagements include Benjamin Brittens The Rape of Lucretia with Juilliard Vocal Arts, for whom he previously conducted a double bill of operas by Britten and Vaughan Williams, and Poulencs comic opera Les mamelles de Tirsias. Other opera credits include American Opera Projects, Carolina Coast Chamber Festival, The Center for Contemporary Opera, The Mannes Opera, Middlebury Opera and Underworld Opera.

In 2011, Maestro Shapiro was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York, one of New York Citys longest-established oratorio societies, which offers an annual subscription series in Carnegie Hall. Under his leadership, The Cecilia Chorus presented its first ever commission for Carnegie Hall, as well as historic revivals by Peter Mennin and Dame Ethel Smyth.

Maestro Shapiro is currently the Artistic Director of Cantori New York, which he has conducted in over 160 national, local and world premieres by an impressive roster of international composers. Cantori has released four commercial recordings, on the Albany, Arsis, Newport Classics, and PGM labels, one of which was an Opera News Editors Choice; a fifth release is pending. In September 2013, Cantori and Maestro Shapiro traveled to Marseille, where Cantori was invited to participate in the city-wide festival 20 lieux sur la mer in celebration of Marseilles selection as 2013 European Cultural Capital.

Maestro Shapiro has been heard on PBS, conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns special on New York City, as well as on radio stations WQXR and WNYC, and Sirius Satellite Radio. He was recently appointed to the advisory panel of a new national initiative, the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music.   In 2011 Maestro Shapiro led a sold-out performance of a version of Handels Saul in the 5000-seat Roman amphitheater at Vaison-la-Romaine, France.

Maestro Shapiro is Associate Professor of Music at LIU Post.  A long-time member of the faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music, Maestro Shapiro is also Director of the Conducting Program at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. He teaches conducting at the Juilliard School (Evening Division).

Each summer Shapiro directs the conducting program of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. He lectures frequently on Music and Mind, and is active as a narrator, lecturer and presenter at orchestral concerts.  Shapiro is on the faculties of LIU Post and Mannes College the New School for Music.