2012 - 2013
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.