Young Canadian-born violinist Shannon Lee made a stunning orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the summer of 2005, performing both Chausson's Poème and Franz Waxman's fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy, originally written for Jascha Heifetz. In a front page article, The Dallas Morning News exclaimed, "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. She was immediately engaged by the tour's conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero, for solo performances of Prokofiev D major Concerto with his orchestra in the spring of '07. Charlotte's Maestro Perick also heard Shannon while conducting in Dallas and invited her to North Carolina for performances of the Sibelius Concerto. In November of '07, Shannon made her European debut as she joined Maestro Perick with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the Nashville Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Waco Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Phoenix Symphony. At the age of 14, Shannon made her debut recording for Telarc International, a recital packed with gems by 19th and 20th century composers including 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 local awards and prizes followed, and at the age of eleven she won her first national award: top prize among bowed instruments in the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Biennial National Solo Competition's junior division. Subsequent awards have included the Davidson Fellows Award, the Bayard H. Friedman Award for Outstanding Student in Performing Arts, the Texas' Young Master Scholarship, the Asian American Alliance for the Arts Outstanding Achievement Award, first place in the Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, Silver Medal in the Stulberg International String Competition, and several top prizes in the Kingsville Competition.
Shannon has studied privately with Jan Mark Sloman since 2000 and has performed privately and in master class for artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Elmar Oliveira, and Arnold Steinhardt. An avid chamber musician, Shannon's summer and winter activities have included Mr. Sloman's Institute for Strings in Dallas, Heifetz International Music Institute in New Hampshire, Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Perlman Music Program, and ENCORE School for Strings in Cleveland, where Shannon studied with David and Linda Cerone. Shannon was started on violin with teachers Paul Landefeld and Ann Grosshans. She also studies with David Nadien in New York, where she is currently a junior at Columbia University.