Shannon Reilly

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Shannon Reilly

Shannon Reilly


Violin Performance, Chamber Music


MM, Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester


Shannon Reilly specializes in the study and performance of contemporary music in her career as a violinist. A dedicated collaborator, she pursues working with young composers, often premiering her colleagues’ compositions. As the violinist and co-founder of Duo Purla, Shannon performs regularly with guitarist Tom Torrisi, intentionally pairing contemporary works and premieres with pillars of the classical repertoire. Duo Purla was resident ensemble of 2021’s ZFestival and featured performers at 2022’s 21st Century Guitar Conference, and are currently releasing their debut album of original transcriptions and world premiere recordings. Shannon regularly performs with Buffalo-based Liminal Space Ensemble, both as a violinist and with Duo Purla. Shannon is also the violinist of the Alla Balena Ensemble, which premiered El Señor de los Sueños in Guadalajara in February 2020, a multidisciplinary staged work by composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez featuring the celebrated La Coperacha. Shannon regularly plays for numerous contemporary music and art festivals, including the Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival and June in Buffalo. Her performances can be heard on recently released albums “A Redundancy of the Angelic” by Anna Heflin and “susurrus” by Connor D’Netto.

Shannon is the violin professor at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and teaches pre-collegiate students as well at Buffalo Suzuki Strings. During her study at the Eastman School of Music, Shannon regularly performed in the Musica Nova Ensemble under the direction of conductor Brad Lubman, and with the Broadband Ensemble and Eastman’s OSSIA. A multifaceted musician, Shannon has played for the Buffalo Chamber Players, the Bang on a Can Music Festival, and Little Cake. She holds a BM and MM in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music and has studied with Prof. Reneé Jolles, Prof. Charles Castleman, and Richard Rood.