Brendan Shea, violin/viola
Brendan Shea is an award winning soloist and chamber musician. His awards include the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition, Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and 1st place with Honors in the Glazunov International Competition in Paris. Brendan has performed across the world in collaboration with many world class ensembles and performers. He premiered Frederic Rzewski’s Night, Death, and Devil with the Emmy Award winning 8th Blackbird. As a founding member of the award winning Wasmuth (now Verona) Quartet, he performed across the United States, Germany, and Japan. He currently plays with the award winning Euclid Quartet. He also serves as concertmaster with the South Bend Symphony under conductor Alistair Willis. His solo career has taken him across the globe as well, with performances in major venues in Europe and Asia, and across North America. In 2014 he partnered with his wife Yerin Kim to form the Shea-Kim Duo, which has competed internationally and performed recitals in Asia, Europe and North America. Their performances have been broadcasted by Klara Continuo in Belgium, PBC in South Korea, and WUFT Classic in Florida. Their first CD was recently released by Ark Studio in Seoul, South Korea. Their first studio recording project will be released in the summer of 2020. In addition to his performance career, Brendan is also a sought after violin teacher and chamber musician. He has been a guest violin faculty at Oberlin Conservatory, and the Mahanaim School in New York. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame as the violin/viola faculty, as well as on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend. He is also on the faculty of several prestigious summer festivals, including the Encore Chamber Music Festival and Texas Strings Festival. In 2017 he founded the summer chamber orchestra intensive at Indiana University South Bend, which is in its second season this summer. Brendan Shea is a former student of Zakhar Bron and Milan Vitek. His mentors during his collegiate studies include Ik-Hwan Bae, Jennifer Frautschi, Philip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Arnaud Sussman, and many wonderful musicians from Oberlin, Indiana, and New York. He currently plays on a 2000 Samuel Zygmuntowicz made for Angela Ahn.