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. Her concerts have included numerous premiere performances of recent works for cello, and cello with electronics, many written for her. Madeleine's first solo CD, Electricity: Works for Cello and Electronics 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).
Madeleine's awards and grants include three Encore Awards from the American Composers Forum, and a Barlow Award, all to assist in the presentation of new works; First Prize in Adventurous Programming awarded by ASCAPChamber Music America, plus numerous grants for performance, commissioning and recording from such organizations as The New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and Meet the Composer. 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 NewMusicMannes ensemble at New York's prestigious Mannes College of Music, where she also teaches a seminar in new music performance techniques. A dedicated and involved teacher, 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's two solo CDs were recorded for Albany Records. She can also be heard on the Naxos, New World Records, CRI, Mode, S.E.A.M.U.S., and HarvestWorks labels.
Madeleine has also had an active chamber music career.