Michael Gordon Shapiro

Michael Gordon Shapiro composes for games, film, television, theater, and the concert hall. Classically trained, he delivers a romantic sound that blends the acoustic orchestra, evocative soloists, and organic-sounding electronics. His score for Cryptozoic's highly-anticipated TCG/MMO HEX: Shard of Fate brings a cinematic mood to the game's expansive mythology, including a suite of themes for the game's colorful factions.

Other game credits include Star Trek Conquest (Bethesda), Day of Defeat (Valve), Jane's Attack Squadron (XiCat), Empire Earth 2 and Empire Earth 3 (Vivendi), the WizardOps series of iOS games (Phyken Media), and the award-winning children's title The Living Letters (Zoesis Studios). He's also worked with composer Inon Zur as orchestrator and score supervisor on the groundbreaking Fantasia: Music Evolved (Disney Interactive). Michael's music has been recorded by Los Angeles ensembles at studios such as Warner Brothers, O Henry, and Martinsound, as well as by orchestras in Budapest, Beijing, Toronto, and Prague.

Michael's background spans both traditional scoring and the more technical discipline of music for games. He entered the game world as audio director of Boston-based Zoesis Studios, where he composed live orchestral scores and designed the studio's adaptive music system — both rare in an era where game music was typically all-synthesized and looped.

His feature film credits include Home Room (starring Erika Christensen, Victor Garber, and Busy Phillips), Against Time (starring Robert Loggia and with Craig T. Nelson), and a catalog of projects ranging from intimate documentary to over-the-top thriller. He continues to write production music for APM and other libraries; his music has been used on such television shows as Nip/Tuck, Spongebob Squarepants, The Joe Schmo Show, and many others.

Michael was commissioned to write an orchestral concerto for Su Chang, one of the world's top virtuosos of the guzheng (Chinese zither). "Identity: Zhongshan Zhaung" has been performed in Los Angeles, Toronto, and numerous cities in mainland China, including in Beijing by the China National Symphony Orchestra. The piece is slated for seven US performances in the next two years, including one with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Michael is also an active composer for musical theatre; his children's show Super Sidekick: The Musical is published by Samuel French and is performed in front of young audiences throughout the United States, including Off-Broadway in 2012.

Michael is a graduate of the acclaimed film scoring program at the University of Southern California/ He also studied at the ASCAP Film Scoring Seminar, and with Hollywood veteran Jack Smalley and Larry Bell of the Boston Conservatory. He is a four-time ASCAP Plus award winner.

An avid gamer, Michael is a particular fan of fantasy and strategy games for their storytelling qualities. He loves the expressive power of live musicians, and helping the music and spirit of games come alive.


Empires Apart Developer: destinyBIT
Publisher: Slytherine
Nerd Detective FableLabs
Cassock - Myghin's Song 2C Gaming
Ghost Attackers V R Developer: Vitei Backroom
Publisher: Gree
Hex: Shards Of Fate Cryptozoic Entertainment
Fantasia: Music Evolved Disney
Orchestrator/Music Producer
Wizard Ops Tactics Phyken Media
Strange Rain Opertoon
Wizard Ops: Chapter One Phyken Media
Empire Earth 3 Vivendi
Star Trek: Conquest Bethesda
Empire Earth 2 Activision
Culture Microsoft
Day Of Defeat Valve
Jane's Attack Squadron XiCat Interactive
Klondike Bar Brawl Loogaroo (web)
Damnation Blue Omega Entertainment
Codefire Poker Codefire Software
The Living Letters Zoesis Studios
Eqkids: Goblin Grove Zoesis Studios
Blip And The Great Machine 1Up Studios
XBox game prototype
The Pearl Demon Zoesis Studios
Mr. Bubb In Space Zoesis Studios
The Penguin Who Wouldn't Swim Zoesis Studios
Touche: A Blind Fencer's Story Touche Productions
Director: George Adams
Producer: Klaudia Kovacs
Birdemic 2: The Resurrection I Got A Fish Productions
Director: James Nguyen
Producer: Jeff Gross
Panic Nation Panic Productions
Director: George Adams
Producer: Klaudia Kovacs
Hellbent Sneak Preview Entertainment
Director: Paul Etheredge
Producer: Steven J. Wolfe, Joseph Wolf
Against Time Imagination Bay
Director: Cleve Nettles
Producer: Darren Moorman
Siren Stage Left Productions
Director: Patrick Kerby
Producer: Barry Green
Home Room MOR Entertainment
Director: Paul F. Ryan
Producer: Ben Ormand
Maximum Justice Ares Motion Picture Company
Director: Jesse Dell
Producer: L.P. Brown III
The F-zone THF Pictures
Director: Michael Hansel
Producer: William Harrity
Live Long, Drink Juice MopTop Productions
Director: Jeremy Carver
Producer: Jeremy Carver
Nip / Tuck FX
Desire MyNetworkTV
Fashion House MyNetworkTV
Master Blasters Sci-Fi channel
Joe Schmo Show HMM Productions
E! True Hollywood Stories: Laci Peterson E! Entertainment Television
Blow Out Bravo
The Club Spike TV
Seeing Stars TV Guide Channel
Christmas Fun In The Sun Travel Channel
Crazy For Christmas Travel Channel
Hi-jinks Nickelodeon
Love Is In The Heir E! Entertainment Television
Adoption Tales KAOS Entertainment
That's My Baby KAOS Entertainment
Livin' Large Heritage
Steve Harvey's Los Angeles The Travel Channel
The Rob Nelson Show Fox Broadcasting


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