Caroline Shaw: Renaissance Woman

Sep 26, 2017

At just 31 years old, composer and performer Caroline Shaw became the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music to date. But this achievement is certainly not the only impressive bullet point on her résumé. She performs as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and as a vocalist in the Grammy-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. The eclectic group performs in the styles of Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Georgian singing, and Persian classical singing, among others. Some of Shaw’s 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, one of the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century. Shaw is currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton, and studied previously at Rice and Yale.

To catch a taste of Caroline Shaw’s string quartet Punctum, which she calls “an exercise in nostalgia,” listen for this week’s Symphonies of Iowa featuring Orchestra Iowa’s “A Point of Departure” concert. That’s Monday, October 2nd at 7 p.m. on Iowa Public Radio Classical.