Canadian-born violinist Shannon Lee made a stunning orchestral debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve. She performed Chausson's Poème and Franz Waxman's fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy - originally written for Jascha Heifetz - leading The Dallas Morning News to exclaim on the front page, "When she started to play, her maturity and skill suddenly placed her artistic age far beyond her calendar one." Further critical acclaim greeted Shannon in the fall of that year when she was featured as soloist during the DSO's Texas Tour, performing the Barber Violin Concerto. Two years later she made her European debut with Maestro Christof Perick and the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. Other engagements include performances with the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Phoenix Symphony. At fourteen, Shannon made her debut recording for Telarc International entitled Introducing Shannon Lee, a recital of 19th and 20th century pieces for violin and piano by such illustrious composers as Wieniawski, Kreisler, Ernst, and Bazzini.
Shannon moved to Plano, Texas, when she was two and began studying the violin at the age of four. Multiple awards and prizes followed, including the top prize among bowed instruments in the American String Teachers Association Biennial National Solo Competition's junior division, first place in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Silver Medal in the Stulberg International String Competition, Texas' Young Master Scholarship, Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts, and the Davidson Fellows Award.
Shannon studied with Jan Mark Sloman in Dallas and has performed privately and in master class for artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, and Elmar Oliveira. She has participated in the Banff Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount School, and ENCORE School for Strings. Shannon recently completed a degree in computer science from Columbia University in New York City while taking violin lessons with David Nadien. She is currently attending the Curtis Institute of Music, where she holds the John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick Fellowship and studies with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt.