January 11, 1962 – New York City, NY, USA
“Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes genre-defying acoustic and electroacoustic solo, chamber and symphonic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released recordings from around the world. Ms. Shapiro is sought after for her seamless melding of live and recorded sounds that often employ striking visual and physical elements, and known for her innovative uses of technology in her music for wind band ensembles.
Alex is a strong advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances, published writings, and volunteerism. She is the Symphonic and Concert music representative on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, and is a member of the Program Council for New Music USA. Shapiro has also served on the boards of U.S. music organizations including The American Music Center, the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, The MacDowell Colony, and The Society of Composers & Lyricists. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Alex moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles in 1983, and in 2007 relocated to Washington State’s remote San Juan Island, where she composes in a home perched on the water’s edge, surrounded by wildlife. An award-winning nature photographer, Alex’s images and music can be experienced on her blog, http://www.notesfromthekelp.com and her website, http://www.alexshapiro.org.” – www.alexshapiro.org