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Madeleine Shapiro

New York, NY   


Called a "cello innovator" by Time Out NY, Madeleine Shapiro, has long been a recognized figure in the field of contemporary music. She was the founding director of the internationally known ensemble The New Music Consort and presently directs ModernWorks. Madeleine performs extensively as a solo recitalist throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. Madeleine’s first solo CD, Electricity: Works for Cello and Electronics (Albany Records) was greeted as Afocused and cohesive…a polystylistic collection of pieces that individually push the instrument and technology in unique ways@ (Time Out New York). ModernWorks most recent CD, string quartets by Ge Gan-ru was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best CDs of 2009.

Madeleine is a recipient of three Encore Awards from the American Composers Forum, and a Barlow Award, all to assist in the presentation of new works. As director of the New Music Consort, she won First Prize in Adventurous Programming awarded by ASCAP‑Chamber Music America. She has been a three time Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

 Madeleine=s many concert appearances have included such diverse venues as the  Ear to the Earth Festival; five tours of Italy; the Logos Foundation, Belgium; appearances at the International Cello Encounter, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; A.M.B.A.R. Festival, Istanbul, Turkey (as a member of the Palindrome Intermedia Gruppe);  and regular appearances in New York City venues such as the Museum of Art & Design, Le Poisson Rouge and the Knitting Factory.

 In addition to her performing, Madeleine is the director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at New York’s prestigious Mannes College of Music, where she also teaches a seminar in new music performance practice. She presents new music workshops and masterclasses at universities both nationally and internationally, and has had numerous residencies at a wide range of institutions.


Madeleine has recorded for Naxos, Albany Records, New World Records, CRI, Mode,