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Born in 1966, Ronen Shapira is a multi-disciplinary artist and composer, music educator, and "philosopher of sorts." Among his teachers of piano and composition were Andre Hajdu, Pnina Salzman, and Leah Agmon. Shapira received his BA at the Tel Aviv Academy of Music, his MA in jazz at Michigan University, and his doctorate at Northwestern, where he studied with William Bolcom and Alan Stout. Shapira writes music "for the future concert halls of the Global Age," music which presents demands on both player and listener, such as responding to new types of aesthetics and the moods of western as well as Middle- and Far-Eastern sounds and attitudes, in addition to the ability to combine them to produce new multicultural connections. Mr. Shapira belivesw that Israel is the ideal place for creating the music of the future, because Israel is a synthesis of the East and the West. Shapira's works are performed to great acclaim in his native land as well as abroad by leading orchestras, chamber groups, and soloists. Ronen Shapira also composes works based on the lyrics of leading poets, both Israeli and European. He also writes for films and plays. He sings and plays the oud and piano. One of the main aspects of his writing combines classical music and Arabic music. He was one of the founders of the Jewish-Arabic Orchestra and is the Orchestra's resident composer and assistant conductor.