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Gerald Shapiro

Professor of Music:
Music
Phone: +1 401 863 3646
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3234
Gerald_Shapiro@Brown.EDU

I am a composer of acoustic and electronic music. Recent premieres of of my music have included TWELVE FUGUES for piano - Neely Bruce, Wesleyan University 2009; TOCCATA, for chamber orchestra - Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Reykjavik, Iceland 2010; CHANGE AND END for clarinet and cello -Ensemble Zelig, Brown University 2010; VARIATIONS for piano, clarinet and cello - Ensemble Zelig, Paris, France, May 2011. A new quartet will be premiered by the Providence String quartet in the fall of 2012.

Biography

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 Mills College, where he received an M.A. in 1967, the University of California at Davis, and the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique in Paris, France; where he studied under a Fulbright grant. 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 and Acting Chair. Recent works have included 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 from Israel, IN TIMES SHADOW for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, STRING QUARTET #2 for the Mondriaan Quartet of Holland, DANCE SUITE #3 for the Verdehr Trio, FOUR LOVE SONGS for the Wesleyan University Chorus, TRIO FOR SAXOPHONES AND PIANO for the Trio Saxiana of Paris, and FROM THE LOG OF THE ALICE, commissioned by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for a premiere in December of 2006. Performances of these and older works have been included on programs in 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, and the De Stem Festival in Amsterdam, Holland. Other 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 Fresno Philharmonic, and the Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum. His music is published by Editions Billaudot in Paris, and available on the Naxos and Neuma Record labels.

Interests

I am a composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music – separately and in combination. My recent pieces have included a second Piano Trio, a solo and two quartets for saxophones, a Quintet for clarinet, piano and strings, and two pieces for large orchestra My current research interests are in the areas of orchestration and the manipulation of time in an expressive context.

Awards

A. Academic Awards:

1. George Eastman Honorary Fellowship:
1962-63, 1963-64

2. Graduate Assistantship, Mills College:
1964-65

3. Fulbright Fellowship, Paris, France:
1965-66

4. Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts:
1979-80

5. Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts:
1987-88

6. Commissioning Grant for Piano Trio, National Endowment for the Arts: 1991

7. First place winner: Chautauqua Chamber Singers Annual Competition: 1992

8. Second place winner: Roger Wagner Center for Choral Studies,
California State University, Los Angeles, Annual Competition: 1992

9. Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Academy for the Arts (RISCA): 1994-95

10. American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (ASCAP) Composers Award, yearly: 1991-present

B. Commissions:

1. California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Patrons of Art and Music, 1965: Serenade No. II

2. Intermedia Institute, New York, 1971: One-Man Concert including
From the Yellow Castle, Breath, and The Second Piece

3. University of Illinois, 1973: Sitting Quietly,Thinking About Last Fall

4. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 1976: Dance Suite

5. Goddard College, 1977: You Are Your Own Energy Source

6. Chrysalis Dance Company: Dance Suite No. 2

7. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 1984: Nocturne

8. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, 1985: Nursery Songs

9. Electric Phoenix, 1986: Prayer for the Great Family

10. Electric Phoenix, 1987: Phoenix

11. Aequalis, 1987: Trio

12. Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, 1988: Mount Hope in Autumn

13. Brown University, 1988: Music for video Fronts and Centers

14. Providence New Music Ensemble, 1989: Sextet

15. Yuval Trio, 1990: Piano Trio

16. Toledo Symphony, 1992: In Time's Shadow
17. Mondriaan String Quartet, 1992: Quartet #2

18. Verdehr Trio, 1994: Dance Suite No. 3

19. Eaken Piano Trio, 1995: For Martin

20. Wesleyan University, 1996: Four Love Songs

21. Brabants Conservatory, Netherlands 1997: Mouvements Perpetuelles

22. Latvian Philharmonic Orchestra, 1998: The Vinland Sagas

23. Arsis Classics, Netherlands, 1998: Intrigue

24. Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, 1998: From The Log of The Alice

25. Dickinson College, 2000: Love Songs in Age

26. Blackstone Valley Concert series, 2001: The Shooting of Dan McGrew

27. Reykjavik Piano Trio, 2003: Piano Trio #2

28. Trio Saxiana, 2004: Trio For Saxophones and Piano

29. Festival Adolph Sax, 2006: Breath Etude

30. Festival Saxophones en Fete, 2006: A Curse

Affiliations

None

Funded Research

Fulbright Fellowship, Paris, France:
1965-66

Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: 1979-80

Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: 1987-88

Commissioning Grant for Piano Trio, National Endowment for the Arts: 1991

Composer in Residence, Rhode Island State Academy of the Arts: 1994-95

American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (ASCAP) Composers Award, yearly: 1991-present

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Curriculum Vitae

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