About Us: Artistic Director
Mark Shapiro has been Artistic Director of Cantori New York for over two decades. The versatile maestro works with choruses, orchestras and opera companies. Since 2011, Shapiro has been Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York, which presents two concerts annually in Carnegie Hall; in 2013 was appointed Music Director of the Prince Edward Island Symphony. For over two decades he led the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus in New Jersey.
Shapiro's recent opera engagements have included operas by Britten, Poulenc and Vaughan-Williams for Juilliard Vocal Arts, and performances with American Opera Projects, Carolina Coast Chamber Festival, the Center for Contemporary Opera, the Opera Company of Middlebury, and Underworld Opera. He conducted a sold-out performance of a version of Handel's Saul at the Roman amphitheater in Vaison-la-Romaine, France.
Shapiro is a principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax, whom he has conducted once or twice each season for many years. For nearly a decade Shapiro was a cover conductor with the Bridgeport Symphony, which he also led in a performance with soprano Harolyn Blackwell. He has appeared as an instrumental conductor on Works&Process at the Guggenheim Museum.
Shapiro has been heard on PBS television, conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns' special on New York City, on radio stations WQXR and WNYC, and on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is on the faculties of LIU Post and Mannes College the New School for Music, and each summer directs the Conducting Program of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. He is in demand as a speaker on Music and Mind, as a narrator of orchestral performances, and for pre-concert lectures and demonstrations.