Ian Shapinsky is a concert pianist, teacher, and lecturer. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and has the distinction of being accepted there at the age of 15 at the college level. Starting at age nine, he began performing in cello-piano recitals with his late father, Aaron Shapinsky. He has been concertizing for more than 40 years, touring in the U.S. and Europe.
He currently performs in solo piano recitals, in chamber music, as a soloist in concertos and in duo piano recitals and performs music by the great classical composers and compositions by George Gershwin.
He also teaches master classes and lecture recitals, including programs for children and families. His concerts are a mixture of dazzling virtuosity and wonderful musicianship.
His brilliant talent on the piano has won him critical acclaim and distinction in both the U.S. and abroad. His awards and prizes are many: namely, RECITALIST OF THE YEAR, THE PRESIDENTIAL CITATION from the N.Y. Federation of Music Clubs, first prize in piano in the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation competition, prizes from the national Federation of Music Clubs and the Mannes College Concerto competition, First Prize in Piano, two Miami Beach National competitions, and several grants from the Rubin Foundation and a performing grant from IBM.
"Shapinsky then played the Piano Sonata (1952) of the contemporary Argentinian composer, Ginastera. It was an electric performance...and three of the four movements are pianistically and musically high-voltage explosions that demand an absolutely secure technique. Shapinsky had complete command of both the keyboard and the music, and he too effects an electric stage presence."
--Gabriel Fontrier, Long Island Press
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