Shannon Lee and Roberto Diaz are each stars in their own right.
Shannon Lee began studying the violin at the age of four. By the time she was 16 Gramophone said, "she displays a technical command and fearless virtuosity that would be astounding in someone twice her age, let alone a musician in her mid-teens." Her list of awards is long and she has 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 Institute for Strings, Heifetz International Music Institute, Great Wall International Music Academy, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Perlman Music Program, Meadowmount School and ENCORE School for Strings.
She has played with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany, the Nashville Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, Lewisville Philharmonic and the the Phoenix Symphony.
As part of Brookings Harbor Friends of Music's Outreach Program, Shannon will play a duet with a young student at the Azalea School on Monday.
Roberto Diaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music - both a performer and an educator, he teaches viola at Curtis and is former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Previously Mr. Diaz was principal viola of the National Symphony, a member of the Boston Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He records on the Naxos label with pianist Robert Koenig and other notable musicians.
Shannon Lee and Roberto Diaz performed a program of Mozart, Hindemith, Bach, Silbelius and Halvorsen for the Brookings audience.
Shannon Lee ends a piece with a flourish, and the crowd is both thrilled and sorry that the music has ended so soon.
Thank you Roberto and Shannon! You were wonderful.