Caroline Shaw – Composition

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29/05/2023 - 31/05/2023
28/06/2022 - 07/04/2023


Caroline Shaw, one of the most important American composers of her generation, holds a workshop devoted to composition for string instruments, exploring the links between composition and performance. During the workshop, composers will have the opportunity to measure themselves against Caroline Shaw’s compositional style, while instrumentalists will be able to work side-by-side with composers in the performance of new scores, as well as discover new techniques and sound languages under the guidance of this extraordinary Professor.

The course is open to string instrumentalists and composers

Duration: 3 days

Period: May 29 – 31, 2023


The course is open to Italian and foreign citizens.

Age limit: 35 years

Level of training:

  • Bachelor or Master Degree
  • Students of higher courses and candidates who, regardless of their qualifications, meet exceptional requirements may also be admitted.

Language: English


Application deadline: 23:59 CET on April 7, 2023. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Application mode: through the “Apply” section of this page. Applications sent by email or transmitted through other channels will not be accepted.

Required documents:

  • copy of a valid identity document
  • copy of degree, if in possession (or equivalent certificate)
  • curriculum vitae
  • motivational letter (1 page, in English)
  • receipt of payment of administrative fee

Administrative fee:

A fixed administrative fee of €50.00 by bank transfer (net of any currency and commission charges) is required to finalize the application. Full details on how to proceed with payment can be found in the full application regulations (downloadable below).

The fee is non-refundable.


The admission exam consists of a video audition. The candidate must create a link to a YouTube video, to be included in the application form, specifying in the description the program performed. At this link you can find all the directions for making a video that meets all the requirements.


Instrumentalists are required to submit a video recording of up to 10 minutes of performance. The repertoire is free and must prove the technical and musical qualities of the candidate.

Composers are required to submit a video-recording (even audio only) with the performance of a composition created by the candidate, involving at least one string instrument.


The selection is at the unquestionable discretion of the Professor and the Academic Direction.

Applicants will receive the results of the selections at the e-mail address provided during applications, one month before the start of the course.


The course is entirely free of charge.

However, it should be noted that students are responsible for their own costs relating to travel, accommodation and board in Cremona, as well as other personal expenses.


The course may be attended by a limited number of auditors, who will be admitted at the sole discretion of the Professor.

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Caroline Shaw

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