Commissioned by Gregory Fulkerson, Professor of Violin, The Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
The three movements of Shapiro's "Violin Sonata: The High Line" represent Manhattan's High Line park at different times of the day (I. At Morning, II. At Night, III. At Day).
Gregory Fulkerson, the featured violinist of the sonata, writes: "I love the forthright and amiable spirit that permeates the piece; it is definitely in a pop style, yet Shapiro handles the standard acoustic sonorities deftly and there is a wealth of detail in the patterns of the violin. I don't know anything else quite like it."
GREGORY FULKERSON'S debut recording on New World Records was chosen one of the year’s best by The New York Times and his Bridge recording of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach was chosen one of the Best CDs of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine. He performed the title role in the 1992 revival of the Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach, for a total of 48 performances on four continents, and later recorded the work for Nonesuch.