Twenty-six-year-old violinist Shannon Lee has been praised for her “remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” (Gramophone) and her “transcendent performance that took the listener out of the hall and into that special place where one suspends the disbelief” (Music Critic Fresno).
The 2018-19 season sees Shannon appearing at the Four Seasons Winter Workshop in North Carolina, the 62nd Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy in Switzerland, Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia, and performing at the Krzyżowa-Music Festival in Grodziszcze, Poland. Shannon won first prize at the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota 2018 National Competition for Strings, and has appeared as guest artist in numerous festivals, including Music@Menlo, Music From Angel Fire, Banff Masterclasses and Orchestra, and Stowe Tango Workshop. This year, Shannon will begin her Master’s in Violin Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo as a Presidential Scholarship recipient.
In 2017, Shannon received generous support from the Sylva Gelber Foundation in Canada through their Award for career development. She served as a first violin substitute for the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and performed as soloist with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra in Colorado under Maestro Guillermo Figueroa. She also joined the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on its 2017 European tour, led by Maestro Osmo Vänskä, and Curtis On Tour the same year, performing chamber music in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. She was a founding member of Bicycle String Trio, performing works by Schnittke, Beethoven, and Dohnanyi at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. In Philadelphia, she served as a Curtis ArtistYear Fellow under the mentorship of Mary Javian, developing the music program at Cramp Elementary Pre-K and working with All City Orchestra chamber music programs.
Shannon made her debut the age of twelve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Andrew Litton in 2005, performing Chausson's Poème and Waxman's Carmen Fantasy. That same year, Shannon joined the DSO as featured soloist on its Texas Tour under Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, performing Barber’s Violin Concerto. At fourteen, she made her European debut with Maestro Christof Perick and the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. Other notable appearances include with the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Charlotte Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic and Phoenix Symphony.
Born in Canada, Shannon began studying violin at the age of four in Plano, Texas. She earned top prizes in the junior division of the American String Teachers Association Biennial National Solo Competition, the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition. She also won the Texas' Young Master Scholarship, Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts, and Davidson Fellows Award. Shannon was a participant in the Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount School of Music, The Institute for Strings, ENCORE School for Strings, Great Wall International Music Academy, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Shannon’s debut recording for Telarc International, Introducing Shannon Lee, features a recital of 19th and 20th century pieces for violin and piano, including works by Wieniawski, Kreisler, Ernst, and Bazzini. Gramophone Magazine’s North American reviews praised the album for Shannon’s “technical command and fearless virtuosity” and her “endearing way with lyrical pieces”.
Shannon received her graduate diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a recipient of the Charles Miller-Fritz Kreisler Award, studying with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University in the City of New York while taking violin lessons with David Nadien. In Texas, Shannon studied with Jan Mark Sloman, and she has participated in master classes with Miriam Fried, Boris Kushnir, and Rainer Schmidt. Her early teachers include Paul Landefeld and Ann Grosshans.