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Caroline Shaw performs “In manus tuas” off her 2017 album, Thrive on Routine, at the Stotesbury Mansion in 2019.

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Caroline Shaw
Caroline Shaw

Caroline Shaw is an award-winning composer, singer, and violinist. In 2013, she became the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her Partita for 8 Voices.

Shaw was born in 1982 in Greenville, NC, and started playing the violin when she was 2. She studied violin performance at Rice University and Yale University and completed a PhD in composition at Princeton University. She wrote her Pulitzer-winning Partita for 8 Voices for the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, which received a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for its recording of the piece. Her work has been commissioned by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Carnegie Hall, and Bang on a Can, among other groups. She composed the music for the 2018 film Madeline’s Madeline.

Shaw performs as a violinist and vocalist for numerous ensembles, including American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Trinity Wall Street Choir, and Roomful of Teeth. She sang on several songs by rapper Kanye West, including the 2016 single “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2.”