Mark Shapiro

Mark Shapiro

He has been a frequent guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax, and led the Bridgeport Symphony in a concert featuring the noted Metropolitan Opera soprano Harolyn Blackwell.  He has appeared three times with Juilliard Vocal Arts, and has conducted opera for American Opera Projects, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Underworld Opera, and The Opera Company of Middlebury.

With Cantori New York Shapiro has conducted national, local and world premieres by an impressive roster of international composers.  Cantori has been presented at the Metropolitan Opera House by American Ballet Theater, at Avery Fisher Hall by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, at Le Poisson Rouge by Gotham Early Music Festival and Music at the Anthology, at Zankel Hall by American Opera Projects, and in other venues by presenters including World Financial Center Arts& Events and Teatro Grattacielo.    Cantori has released four commercial recordings, on the Albany, Arsis, Newport Classics, and PGM labels.  The group’s recording of Frank Martin’s oratorio Le vin herbé was an Opera News Editor’s Choice. 

Cantori’s distinguished collaborators include Michael Tilson Thomas, Sasha Cooke, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Tony Award winner Maryann Plunkett, Obie Award winner Kathleen Chalfant, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Armin Jordan. 

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 a guest conductor for Works&Process at the Guggenheim Museum, and for the New York Art Ensemble at Merkin Hall.  His recording of Michael Dellaira’s opera Chéri, featuring Marni Nixon, was released on Albany Records.

Frequently in demand as a master teacher, consultant and clinician, Shapiro has taught under the auspices of the Grammy-winning ensemble Conspirare, Chorus America, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  His ten-day workshop at the triennial Choralies festival in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, culminated in a sold-out performance in the 5000-seat Roman amphitheater.

Shapiro teaches instrumental conducting at the Juilliard School (evening division) and has been a long-time faculty member of Mannes College the New School for Music.  An Associate Professor of Music at LIU Post, he maintains an active schedule as a narrator and pre-concert speaker.  He has lectured about Music and Mind at The New Jersey Institute of Technology, and has taught courses in this subject at the New School.