Shannon Ma United States, 14, Junior

Shannon Ma started playing violin when she was three years old and is a Pre-College student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Mrs. Zhao Wei. Shannon is a multiple-time first prize winner of the Pacific Musical Society Competition and the US International Music Competition, and she was concertmaster of the 2019 California Junior High All-State Honors Orchestra. She has performed solos with the Palo Alto Philharmonic and performed in masterclasses with Ning Feng, Chen Xi, Sergiu Schwartz, and Danny Koo. When not playing violin, Shannon loves to dance, write and create movies.

“To me, the Menuhin Competition will be a paradise of music, learning, and fun. I am so excited and thankful to get to experience this world-class festival and one-of-a-kind learning experience! I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from violinists from all over the globe who share my passion. It will also be exhilarating to play before such an amazing, renowned jury and get to hear their beautiful concerts. This experience as a whole will open my eyes and lead me to new heights in music. I cannot wait to see everyone in Richmond!”