Born in New York City in 1962, Alex Shapiro composed for film and television until shifting the focus of her career to concert music in the late 1990s. Her catalog includes many acoustic and electroacoustic chamber ensemble works, and she is recognized for her groundbreaking electroacoustic and multimedia pieces for symphonic wind band. Published by Activist Music LLC, Ms. Shapiro’s music is heard in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on nearly thirty commercially released recordings from around the world.
Alex is a familiar advocate for other artists through her speaking appearances and published writings. She is the Symphonic and Concert writer representative on the Board of Directors of ASCAP, and a board member of The ASCAP Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. She 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.
Residing on Washington State’s remote San Juan Island, when she’s not composing Alex can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, www.notesfromthekelp.com and her website.