Arik Shapira was born on November 29th, 1943, at kibbutz Afikim, in the Jordan Valley. In 1947 his family moved to Petach Tikva, where he got his first piano lessons. Upon completion of his high-school studies he started studying Philosophy at the University of Tel-Aviv (1962-1965). In 1963 he began to study Composition at the Academy of Music, Tel Aviv. Among his teachers were Oedoen Partos, Mordecai Seter, Arthur Gelbrun and Abel Ehrlich. Arie Shapira completed his studies at the Academy of Music in 1968.
In 1986 he received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Composition, and in 1994 he was awarded the Israel Prize for Composition and Teaching.
Shapira composes symphonic music, chamber music, electronic music, and music for solo instruments.
From 1995 he is a lecturer at the Department of Music in Haifa University.