CAROLINE SHAW IS MAKING CLASSICAL COOL
By JONATHAN GHARRAIE. This article was published online on February 13, 2021. It appears in the March, 2021 issue of the publication.
Her innovative work won her a Pulitzer Prize at age 30. She’s collaborate with Kanye and Nas. What does her success mean for the long-suffering genre?
“I started on a 64th-size violin,” she recalls. Shaw fell in love with classical music—singing in a church choir and watching Amadeus over and over. She had a Lisa Loeb tape and a passing acquaintance with 4 Non Blondes, but by middle school, classical music was key to her identity.