Joel Shapira is a top performing classical and jazz guitarist based in the Twin Cities. His educational background includes studies with some of the world’s greatest players and teachers including jazz legends Joe Pass, Tal Farlow and Gene Bertoncini, as well as master classical instructor Alan Johnston. A native of St. Paul, Joel attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and The Mannes School of Music in New York City where he lived, performed and taught for eight years.

Joel performs extensively in the Twin Cities area and beyond as both a bandleader and as a sideman with a virtual ‘who’s who’ list of top musicians. Performance settings include clubs, restaurants, private events, corporate events, weddings, regional arts festivals and many more.

Joel Shapira Productions, established in 1994, has provided the very finest in live music for hundreds of events and clients that include the following:

  • Governor of MN
  • Target Corporation
  • Thrivent
  • Ameriprise
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Barnes and Noble
  • US Bank
  • the MN Twins
  • Orchestra Hall
  • Macy’s
  • MN Science Museum
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • The Museum of Russian Art
  • Pediatric Home Services
  • Seamen’s Co.
  • Anderson Homes
  • R.F. Moeller Jeweler
  • University of MN
  • and General Mills among others