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.