Who is Caroline Shaw? | Classical music


Who is Caroline Shaw?

Caroline Shaw is an American composer, singer and violinist who, at age 30, became the youngest musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (in 2013) for her a cappella piece. Left for 8 votes.

When and where was she born?

Shaw was born August 1, 1982 in Greenville, North Carolina.

What does his job look like?

What doesn’t it do? ! If there’s one thing that can be said about Shaw’s artistic approach, it’s that it’s inclusive. His Pulitzer Prize Partita nothing stops to demonstrate exactly what a mouth and a pair of lungs are capable of, with whispers, words, wordless melodies, sighs, a touch of Inuit throat singing – and that’s just the beginning. Over the years, she’s collaborated with rappers Kanye West and Nas, soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, pianist Jonathan Biss. And she’ll happily take on just about anything in any genre she pleases, complete with bonus sounds of ceramics, plucked piano strings, flower pots, and more.

How did she come to music?

She started playing the violin with the Suzuki method at the age of two. His first violin teacher was his mother, who was also a singer. But she was soon tempted by other opportunities to make music. She joined her family’s local Episcopal Church choir and began experimenting with composition at summer music camps.

Where did she train?

Initially at Rice University in Houston and Yale School of Music – for degrees in violin performance. But she remained passionate about writing her own music. So, despite having no formal training in composition, she managed to land a scholarship that allowed her to practice writing string quartets in England. Later, by settling in New York, she immersed herself in the world of “indie-classical”, inhabited by artists like Nico Muhly and Missy Mazzoli, whose preference for writing tonal, accessible contemporary classical music, and presenting it with a group attitude, rang with his. In 2010, she entered Princeton University as a student in the doctoral program in composition.

Who performed his music?

Roomful of Teeth, Sō Percussion, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), the Mark Morris Dance Group Ensemble, Bretano Quartet and many more. She often sings songs she wrote herself.

Where to start with his music?

Probably with his 2017 album “Narrow Sea”, an exploration of folk songs written for Sō Percussion, Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish; and his 2019 album of pieces for string quartet, ‘Orange’, performed by the Attacca Quartet.


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