Larry Shapiro came to the Jordan College of Fine Arts as a visiting professor in 1986 and joined the faculty as professor of violin and artist-in-residence the following year, in the midst of a long and distinguished career. After completing advanced violin study with Broadus Erle, Robert Semon, Noumi Fischer, Rafael Bronstein and Dorothy Delay, and chamber music studies with Lillian Fuchs, Aldo Parisot, David Wells, and William Kroll, Mr. Shapiro embarked upon a career that has included a great range of activities-from soloist to quartet player, from concertmaster to pedagogue.
As a quartet player Mr. Shapiro has performed as first violinist, second violinist, and occasionally violist with five quartets: The Fine Arts, Audubon, Berkshire, Evansville, and Delos (which he founded in 1965). He has served as concertmaster for many orchestras, including the El Paso Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New York Philharmonia, Green Bay Philharmonic, Grand Teton Festival, Akron Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, and Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City. He was concertmaster of the Columbus, OH Symphony for four years.
Mr. Shapiro's teaching background includes positions at Indiana University, the University of Delaware, the University of Evansville, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Virginia Tech and Akron University. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the country, conducted both university and youth orchestras, and has been violinist for both the Gabrielli and New Art Trios.
For several years, Mr. Shapiro toured as soloist with American Ballet Theatre, soloing more than 100 times in most of the major cities of the United States, as well as in Paris, Tokyo and London. For three years, Mr. Shapiro was first violinist with the White Oak Chamber Players, touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performs on a violin made in 1772 by Nicholas Gagliano. For fifteen years, he was the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and for 18 summers as concertmaster for the Bear Valley Music Festival in California.