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Violinist Shannon Lee has been praised for her “remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” (Gramophone). She has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Tokyo Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, and New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She won prizes in several international competitions, such as top prize at the Sendai Competition in Japan, 4th prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, co-winner in the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition, 2nd place at the Naumburg Competition in New York City, and Laureate/Ysaÿe Sonata prize at the Indianapolis Competition. She has also been a recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for career development. In 2023 the Sendai Competition released a CD of Shannon’s dynamic recital program with pianist Jessica Osborne, with works by composers including Bartók, Takemitsu, and Brahms. She also forms a duo with violinist-violist Luosha Fang, and recently recorded an album with composer-pianist Arseniy Gusev for the Azica Records label. As a chamber musician, she has played at Creative Dialogue France, Krzyżowa-Music, Music@Menlo, Music From Angel Fire, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute, where she was an Artist-in-Residence and teaching assistant. In addition to teaching privately, Shannon directs Chamber Music Perspectives Workshop, a one-week summer exploration of chamber music and composition for advanced young string players in the Dallas-Fort-Worth area.

Born in Canada, Shannon began playing the violin at age four in Plano, Texas. She studied for many years with Jan Mark Sloman, then Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Shannon made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Dallas Symphony, and two years later performed in Germany with the Nuremberg Philharmonic. In 2008 she made her debut recording for Telarc International, “Introducing Shannon Lee,” featuring 19th and 20th century works with pianist Pamela Mia Paul.

Shannon is currently based in the Netherlands following an artist certificate program with Vera Beths at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, adding side studies in baroque violin with Shunske Sato and composition with Willem Jeths. Previously she was in the joint studio of Jaime Laredo and Jan Sloman at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was the recipient of the inaugural Mary Hamlin Memorial Presidential Scholarship as well as an Artist-in-Residence at Judson Manor, curating and performing monthly recitals for their retired residents. In Philadelphia, she received a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt. Shannon completed her Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University while taking violin lessons with David Nadien, formerly concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Bernstein. Shannon performs on a violin made in 1902 by Enrico Rocca, on loan by the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.