Harold Shapero


Harold Shapero (1920 – 2013) studied with Nicolas Slonimsky, Ernst Krenek, Walter Piston, and Paul Hindemith (alongside his fellow student Norman Dello Joio). He studied further with Nadia Boulanger. His compositions mostly belong to the neo-classical tradition. They delight the ear and engage the mind. As a teacher, he founded the music department at Brandeis University and soon became its chair. He also founded the Electronic Music Center there. After retiring, he remained very active in musical activities and continued composing new works. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of recorded and live performances of his works.