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Caroline Shaw


Caroline Adelaide Shaw is a New York-based musician. She is the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, for her enigmatic composition Partita for 8 Voices. Her career defies categorization—she performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Recent commissions include works for Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss, and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. She also frequently collaborates with Kanye West. Currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton, Caroline also studied at Rice and Yale. Caroline loves the color yellow, otters, Beethoven opus 74, Mozart opera, the smell of rosemary, and the sound of a janky mandolin.

Upcoming Events

  • Mason Bates's <em>KC Jukebox</em>: <em>Future Folk</em> Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Future Folk

    Indie-rock meets alt-classical in an immersive, innovative evening featuring performances by King Creosote, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, and The Dover Quartet.

Caroline Shaw


  • Plan & Elevation (The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks)
  • Blueprint
  • Lo
  • New Music Accord commission for Dawn Upshaw and So Percussion