Andrew Shapiro

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Andrew Shapiro
Born (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 43)
New York City, New York, United States
GenresSynthpop, Classical, Minimalism, Ambient
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Synthesizer, Woodwinds
Years active1999-present

Andrew Shapiro is an American composer and songwriter. He has characterized his music as having been primarily influenced by "80's new wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism."[1]

From 2004 to 2013 Shapiro regularly performed his solo piano compositions and improvisations at a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in downtown Manhattan for which he was profiled in a New York Times piece.[2] He was described as the “Best Pianist in a Fast-Food Restaurant” in the Village Voice.[3] Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC,[4] the Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York.[5]

Shapiro's music has been played on the radio worldwide and his music has been mentioned in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone and Daily Candy.[3] His most popular piece, the solo piano track Mint Green, has been played over six million times on Pandora Radio.[6]

His synth-pop debut album, Invisible Days EP, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine.[3] Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Numbers, Colors and People (2009), Intimate Casual (2012) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with the help of Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.

Pink Jean Mint Green, a synth-pop album featuring a collaboration with author Neil Gaiman, was released in 2016.[7]

He has written original music for film and theater projects, and his pieces have been licensed for use in several film and television projects worldwide, ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.[6]

Shapiro's music is published by Airbox Music (ASCAP), a label he founded in 2002.[8]

Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio where he studied musical composition.[9] Raised in Larchmont, New York, he lives in with his wife and son in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City.[1]


  • Pink Jean Mint Green (2016)
  • Piano 3 (2016)
  • The High Line & Other Places (2015)
  • Singles EP (2013)
  • Intimate Casual (2012)
  • 100 Houses: Gatsby Meets Caulfield (2012)
  • Soundesign (Expanded Edition) (2011)
  • Numbers, Colors and People (2009)
  • Quiet Kissing EP (2006)
  • Invisible Days EP (2003)


  1. ^ a b "About". Andrew Shapiro. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  2. ^ Schechner, Sam. "Quarter Pounder With Keys". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  3. ^ a b c "Articles". Andrew Shapiro. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  4. ^ Churchill, A.J. (2010). "Andrew Shapiro, Solo Piano" (PDF). 21st Century Music Magazine. 17: 7.
  5. ^ "In Performance". Andrew Shapiro. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  6. ^ a b "An In-Depth Interview with Musician ANDREW SHAPIRO On his Latest Record, Pink Jean Mint Green! | All Access Music". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  7. ^ "Andrew Shapiro - "Bash Street Worlds" feat. Neil Gaiman (premiere)". PopMatters. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  8. ^ "Music from Airbox". Andrew Shapiro. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  9. ^ "Andrew Shapiro's Perfectly Imperfect Minimalism". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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