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Caroline Adelaide Shaw

Caroline Shaw

Early-Career Musician Resident, 2014–2015

Caroline Adelaide Shaw was the inaugural Early-Career Musician in Residence at Dumbarton Oaks. Trained as a violinist, Shaw is also a singer in the Grammy Award–winning Roomful of Teeth. In 2013, she became the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Partita for 8 Voices. As a violinist, Shaw performs primarily with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

As well as being a New York–based musician, Shaw was a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University. She previously studied at Rice (BM, violin) and Yale (MM, violin), and she held a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 2004–2005.

For Dumbarton Oaks’ seventy-fifth anniversary, the institution commissioned Shaw to compose Plan & Elevation (The Grounds of Dumbarton Oaks), a string quartet that was premiered by the Dover Quartet in the Dumbarton Oaks Music Room on November 1, the historic anniversary date.