Preparatory and Continuing Education Dean
SANDRA SHAPIRO, pianist and pedagogue, enjoys an active career as both performer and teacher throughout the United States and Europe.
A versatile performer, Ms. Shapiro appears as a soloist in both recital and with orchestra, as a chamber musician, duo pianist and recording artist. She has received both national and international awards and acclaim in each of these areas, and her performances have been called “compelling” and “brilliant.”
This upcoming season, Ms. Shapiro will join violinist Ivan Ženatý on tours that will include performances in the United States, Europe, South Korea and Japan. Other performances will include collaborations with Joan Kwuon, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson and Joel Smirnoff.
The daughter of Russian-Israeli immigrants, she began her studies at the age of 3 and a half, and by age 11, was performing in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras. Because of her prodigious talent, Ms. Shapiro left home at age 15 to study at the Juilliard School upon the recommendation of her mentor, Gina Bachauer. Her teachers include Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Nadia Reisenberg and Guido Agosti.
As a member of the renowned duo-piano team of Hecht & Shapiro, Ms. Shapiro's laureates include winning the Munich International Duo Piano Competition, the Ellis National Duo Piano Competition and top prizes in the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and the International Jeunesses Musicales Competition.
Ms. Shapiro's performances have taken her throughout most major cities in the U.S., along with international performances in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Belgrade, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. She has been featured in radio and television productions for RIAS Berlin; Sudwestfunk Radio Production, Baden Baden, Germany; PBS; WQXR, New York; NPR McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase, Australian Broadcasting Commission and numerous performances over National Public Radio.
Ms. Shapiro has performed with many orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Stuttgart Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Belgrade String Orchestra, Brevard Festival Orchestra, Florida Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Everett Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, as well as Cleveland Orchestra appearances at both Severance Hall and the Blossom Music Festival.
As a soloist, awards and prizes include First Prizes in the Young Musician's Foundation National Debut Competition, and The World Piano Competition, as well as a prizewinner in the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. Other recognitions include the “Outstanding Chamber Musician Award” from the University of Southern California, and the “Young Maestro Award” from the Peabody Institute of Music. Her great love for chamber music has led to collaborations with Truls Mork, Peter Rejto, Stanley Drucker, Mats Lidstrom, the Cavani String Quartet, Franklin Cohen, and members of the New York Philharmonic on the New York Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Series.
Recordings include "Sentimiento" on the Azica label as well as collaboration with the principal wind players of the New York Philharmonic in an album entitled "The Complete Music of Robert Schumann for Winds and Piano".
Ms. Shapiro is a Steinway Artist. She is the Dean of Preparatory and Continuing Education and a member of the piano and chamber music faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
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