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Alex Shapiro

“Music is a passionate message to be shared, and I compose to communicate.”

Alex Shapiro composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her music is heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from record labels around the world. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Ms. Shapiro’s honors and awards include those from The American Music Center, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Mu Phi Epsilon, Meet the Composer, The California Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. A familiar face in the new music community as a writer and public speaker, Alex currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center, is a member of ASCAP’s Symphony & Concert Music Committee, and is the recent President of the Board of Directors of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles. Raised in Manhattan and later a longtime resident of Malibu, California, Alex now lives on Washington State’s remote San Juan Island. When she’s not composing she can be found communing with the sea life in a kayak or at the tide pools, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, and her website.

Alex has written of her work, “My compositions are a very personal expression, but I also write to give musicians pieces which they’ll really enjoy playing, and to offer audiences music which will speak to them directly and emotionally. As with the sea which surrounds me here on San Juan Island, there’s an ebb and flood to this happy relationship. I compose music because I have to, without expectation that others will resonate with it, yet with the hope that many might. My art is a tidepool, inviting others to enter and thrive.”