Photo © Nan Melville 2011

Photo © Nan Melville 2011

Mark Shapiro, Music Director


Mark Shapiro, a six-time ASCAP Award winner for Programming, is a probing, versatile conductor equally at home in orchestral, operatic and choral conducting. He is Music Director of The Prince Edward Island Symphony and Artistic Director of Cantori New York, and has been a frequent Guest Conductor of the Nova Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra (Halifax). The New York Times has characterized his work as “insightful” and praised its “virtuosity and assurance.” He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rubin Museum, Guggenheim Museum (Works & Process), the Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island) and the Roman amphitheater at Vaison-la-Romaine, France.

Maestro Shapiro’s opera credits include four appearances with Juilliard Vocal Arts, as well as multiple appearances with American Opera Projects, the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Opera Company of Middlebury, Hofstra Opera Theater and Underworld Opera.

Under Maestro Shapiro, Cantori New York has performed at all five major halls at Lincoln Center, and has been presented by American Ballet Theater, Gotham Early Music Series, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Music at the Anthology, World Financial Center Arts & Events, and others. Cantori New York has commissioned extensively and has given approximately 200 regional, national, and world premieres.

His radio appearances have included WQXR, WNYC, and Sirius. He has recorded for Albany, Arsis, Newport Classics, and PGM. His recording of Frank Martin’s oratorio Le vin herbé was an Opera News Editor’s Choice. Anticipated for release in 2019 is a new CD of music by Philip Glass for violin solo (the Irish violinist Gregory Harrington) and orchestra (the Janacek Philharmonic), conducted by Maestro Shapiro.

A 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 teaching artist with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Program, Maestro Shapiro teaches conducting at the Juilliard School (Evening Division), and each summer directs the conducting program of the Nadia Boulanger Institute of the European American Musical Alliance, in Paris. He has been a longtime member of the conducting faculties of Mannes College the New School for Music and Columbia Teachers College, and is Associate Professor of Music at LIU Post, where he is a two-time recipient of LIU Post’s Abraham Krasnoff Award for Scholarly Achievement, the campus’s highest academic honor.