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 performing contemporary works and premieres alongside the pillars of the classical repertoire. She is also the violinist of the Alla Balena Ensemble, which premiered El Señor de los Sueños - a multidisciplinary work by composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez - in Guadalajara in February of 2020, featuring the celebrated La Coperacha. Shannon has performed in numerous contemporary music festivals, such as the Keybank Rochester Fringe Festival and June in Buffalo, and has attended the Bang on a Can Festival twice. Her performances can be heard on recently released albums by Anna Heflin and Connor D’Netto. Shannon is the violin professor at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and teaches pre-collegiate students as well. 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, Liminal Space Ensemble, 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.