by Jeannette Fang With an unassuming serenity, Daniel Shapiro bows at the piano with an endearingly wry smile, not at all preparing us for the roaring blasts of his opening octaves. His whole body heaving into the piano, Shapiro embraces the majesty of the Schubert’s Impromptu Op.90 no.1, allowing the reverberations to pulse away, the smoke falling to reveal the heartfelt murmur of the theme. And this whole-hearted dedication to what is deeply felt in music is what defined
by Kyoo Hye Lim In the heart of the beautiful city of Maiori, Daniel Shapiro, Professor of Piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, taught a masterclass to three eager pianists from the Amalfi Coast Festival.
Yuiko Ohaka opened the masterclass with the majestic C minor Toccata by J.S Bach. Her performance demonstrated the kind of keen intelligence and sensitivity so crucial to presenting such a tour de force with conviction. Professor Shapiro’s guidance on harmonic struc