Daniel Shapiro continues to gain recognition as a leading interpreter of Schubert, Mozart, Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven—whose thirty-two sonata cycle he has twice performed, and whose live performances of all the sonatas can be found on YouTube — and as a teacher and coach at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has given critically acclaimed performances across the United States, in Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Korea, China, at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. His DVDs of all of Schubert’s major piano sonatas and CD of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations have received enthusiastic reviews.
Over the past twenty-five years, he has built a strong reputation as a dedicated and thoughtful pedagogue, who helps students find the paths to penetrating interpretations of the works they study. He has given master classes in many of the world’s leading conservatories. His students have won several important competitions, and have acquired important teaching positions.
As a chamber musician, Shapiro has performed regularly with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Cavani, Mirò and Linden Quartets, and has released chamber music CDs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV labels. Also to be found on YouTube are Beethoven sonata collaborations with violinist Jaime Laredo.
His musical scope has also included the study of conducting: he studied with Daniel Lewis, Victor Yampolsky, Fritz Zweig, and Gustav Meier. He made his conducting debut at sixteen at Tanglewood, and has conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Akron Lyric Opera.
His musicianship has also been enhanced and deepened by extensive collaboration with singers: listening to and working with them has been a source of tremendous inspiration. He studied art song with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and opera with Natalie Limonick, and was an opera and art song coach at UCLA.
A native of southern California, Shapiro began the study of piano at the age of six. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Joanna Graudan, and Reginald Stewart. He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his doctorate.
More information, including links to purchase the Schubert and Beethoven performances, can be found at www.danielshapiropianist.com