Ofer Shapira is a Tel-Aviv based Saxophone/multi-wind player and Jazz composer/arranger.
Ofer has played lead alto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. the Eli Degibri big band, the Eyal Vilner big band and many other bands and is also a member of the Mamelo Gaitanopolous Sextet, the Danny Rosenfeld Octet and his own jazz quartet. In the field of popular music he has recorded or performed with leading Israeli singers such as Ilanit, Yoni Rechter, Matti Caspi, Rona Kenan and others. He has played in the Broadway production of the musical ‘Chicago’, and in many other theater productions.
Ofer spent six years in New York in the early 2,000’ playing, writing and studying music. During his time in NYC he studied orchestration and arrangement with the late Sir Roland Hanna and with Michael Philip Mossman and saxophone and improvisation with Antonio Hart. He completed an MA in Jazz Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College and has also studied at the New School, Manhattan and attended the prestigious BMI workshop for jazz composers under the direction of Jim McNeely and Michael Abene. Ofer performed at many of the cities' jazz clubs and venues and some works of his were played by the BMI New York Musician Union Jazz Orchestra and at the City University of New York 2002 Jazz Festival.
Ofer released his first album in 2010, which features the renowned baritone saxophone player Gary Smulyan. The album received many plaudits and Ofer was subsequently invited to perform the music in the 2011 Tel-Aviv jazz festival.