Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence: Caroline Shaw


Established in tribute to the extraordinary impact and example provided by Leonard Bernstein, and in honor of the upcoming centennial year of his birth, this new role will integrate the composition of new music into the structure of Festival programming.  The Composer-In-Residence will create a new piece of music to be choreographed and premiered at the Festival and will also participate in programming highlighting the indispensable partnership between music and dance.  Additionally, existing work of the Composer-In-Residence will be featured in various performances throughout the Festival.

The inaugural Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence for 2017-18 is Pulitzer Prize-winning Caroline Shaw 

Caroline 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.