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10th Quadrennial IVCI Laureate

Shannon was announced as the 6th Place Laureate at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and won the special prize for Best Performance of an Ysaÿe Sonata. During the seventeen-day event, she played works by Walton, Mozart, Kreisler, Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, Ysaÿe, Bartók, Bolcom, and Wagner. Recordings of her performances from the competition provided by WFYI Productions are available below:
Finals:
Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 - W. A. Mozart
La Gitana (orch. J. Kuusisto) - F. Kreisler


Violin Concerto - W. Walton
Semi-Finals:

Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 - L. van Beethoven
Sonata No. 2, Sz. 76 - B. Bartók
Suite No. 3 for Solo Violin - William Bolcom
Sonata No. 5 for Solo Violin, Op. 27 - E. Ysaÿe
Preliminary Round:

Sonata in G major, K. 301 - W. A. Mozart
Allemanda and Double, Corrente and Double from - J. S. Bach
   Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Caprice Nos. 3 and 21 for Solo Violin, Op. 1 - N. Paganini
Albumblatt (arr. A. Wilhelmj) - R. Wagner

Heifetz International Music Institute

Shannon attended the Heifetz International Music Institute from July 3rd to July 20th as an Artist-in-Residence. Her role included performing works by Walton, Bartok, Mozart, Ysaye, Wagner, Paganini, and mentoring students participating in the summer program.
Read more about the Heifetz International Music Institute.

Gstaad Festival Academy

Shannon attended the Gstaad Festival Academy from July 30th to August 8th and performed works by Mozart, Wagner, and Bartok.
Read more about the Gstaad Festival Academy.

Krzyżowa-Music

Shannon was in Krzyzowa, Poland from August 11th to August 19th and performed works by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Ravel.
Read more about Krzyżowa-Music.

Music

Introducing Shannon Lee
Telarc International
April 2007

Shannon Lee, violin
Pamela Mia Paul, piano

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Repertoire

ComposerTitle
BachConcerto in a
BarberConcerto for violin Op.14
BartokConcerto No. 2
BeethovenConcerto in D
BeethovenRomance Opus 50
BrahmsConcerto in D
BruchConcerto No. 1 in g
BruchScottish Fantasy
ChaussonPoeme
DvorakConcerto in a
ElgarConcerto in b
GlazunovConcerto in a
HaydnConcerto in G
KorngoldConcerto in D, Op. 35
LaloSymphonie Espagnole
MendelssohnConcerto Op. 64 in e
MozartAdagio in E K.261 & Rondo in C K.373
MozartConcerto No. 2, 3, 4, 5
Mozart/KrieslerSerenade in D (Haffner) K.250: Rondeau allegro
PaganiniConcerto No. 1 in D
ProkofievConcerto No. 1 in D
ProkofievConcerto No. 2 in g
RavelTzigane
Saint-SaensIntroduction and Rondo Capriccioso
SarasateIntroduction and Tarantella
SarasateZigeunerweisen
ShostakovichConcerto No. 1 in a
SibeliusConcerto in d
SindingSuite in a
StravinskyConcerto in D
TchaikovskyConcerto in D
TchaikovskyThree Pieces (Meditation, Scherzo, Melodie)
VitaliChaconne in g
VivaldiFour Seasons
WaxmanCarmen Fantasie
WieniawskiConcerto No. 1 in f#
WieniawskiConcerto No. 2 in d
WieniawskiLegende
WieniawskiPolonaise in D, Op. 4
WieniawskiScherzo-Tarentelle
WilliamsThree Pieces from Schindler's List
ComposerTitle
AdamsShaker Loops
ArriagaQuartet No. 1 in d minor
BabcockString Trio
Bach/SitkovetskyGoldberg Variations arr. string trio
BarberQuartet Op. 11
BartokQuartet No. 1
BeethovenString Trio 9/1
BeethovenPiano Trio 1/1
BeethovenQuartet 18/6
BeethovenPiano Trio "Archduke"
BeethovenQuartet 59/1
BeethovenQuartet Op. 95 "Serioso"
BeethovenQuartet 18/1
BorodinQuartet No. 2
BrahmsQuartet No. 1 in c minor
BrahmsPiano Trio No. 3 in C major
BrahmsPiano Quintet in f minor
CooleyStreet Haunting
CoplandAppalachian Spring
DohnanyiSerenade for string trio
DohnanyiSextet
DvorakPiano Quintet in A major
DvorakPiano Trio "Dumky"
DvorakQuartet American
FrancaixString Trio
FranckPiano Quintet in f minor
GlassKnee Play 2 from Einstein on the Beach
Handel-HalvorsenPassacaglia
HaydnString Trio in G Major, Op. 53 No. 1, Hob.XVI:40
HaydnQuartet 50/1
HaydnQuartet "Lark"
HaydnQuartet Quinten
HertzbergEndymionis Somnum Dormire
HoneggerString Quartet No. 2, 2nd and 3rd mvts
HsuMeditation for quartet
Isang YunClarinet Quintet No. 2
JanacekQuartet No. 1 "Kreutzer"
KodalyDuo for violin and cello
KorngoldQuartet No. 3
LudwigKantigas for violin, cello, guitar
MendelssohnOctet in Eb
MoszkowskiSuite Op. 71 for 2 violins and piano
MozartDuos for violin and viola, Bb and G major
MozartQuartet K.464 in A major
MozartViola Quintet in g minor
MozartPiano Quartet K.493
MozartDivertimento in Eb K.563 for string trio
OrthYou Shattered My Deafness
PaganiniGuitar Quartet in A minor, M.S. 42
PiazzollaHistoire du tango
PutsAnd Legions Will Rise
RavelPiano Trio, 3rd and 4th mvts
RavelIntroduction and Allegro
SchnittkeString Trio
SchoenbergVerklarte Nacht
SchubertQuartet No. 13 Rosamunde
SchubertQuartet No. 14 Death and the Maiden
SchubertCello Quintet in C major
SchumannPiano Quartet
SchumannPiano Quintet in Eb major
ShengQuartet No. 3
ShostakovichTwo Pieces for String Octet
ShostakovichPiano Trio No. 2 in e minor
SibeliusDuo for violin and viola
StraussMetamorphosen for string septet
StuckyThe Stars and the Roses
TakemitsuRocking Mirror Daybreak
Vaughan WilliamsPiano Quintet in c minor
WaltonPiano Quartet in d minor

Biography

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.

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