• Pamela Froman

Year of the Violin featuring violinist Fiona Shea

You are in for a night of beautiful music when San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and founding Music Director and Conductor James Domine present the Year of the Violin featuring violinist Fiona Shea. The program includes Weber – Overture to "Oberon," Liszt, Les Preludes, Bruch. Violin Concerto #1 in G minor, and Domine – Violin Concerto #2 in B minor and a World Premiere Inaugural Performance.

Featured violinist Fiona Shea is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory, where she studies violin performance with Professor Robert Lipsett. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Mesquite, Waco, Conroe, Kingsville, and Abilene Symphonies in Texas as well as with orchestras in Jacksonville, IL, Interlochen, MI, and Pacific Symphony as part of their "Symphony in the Cities" series.

She has also been featured as one of the soloists in Colburn's 2019 Concerto Showcase and has had opportunities to play in masterclasses with artists including Ray Chen, Stefan Jackiw, and Hilary Hahn. She received a Bronze Medal in the Junior Division of the 2017 Fischoff Competition, as a member of the Aurielle Quartet, and was a member of the 2016 Class of Texas Young Masters by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Fiona comes from a musical background. Both of her parents play – her Mom is a freelance pianist and her Dad is a University Clarinet Professor. Starting at the tender age of three, Fiona took to violin from the start.

"The best part about playing music is the entire process," she says. "I like starting a piece from scratch and getting to work on it. Then ultimately getting to share the music with an audience. There's something special to me about spending so much time with a piece."

At Year of the Violin, Fiona will be performing the Bruch Violin Concerto and Domine's Violin Concerto #2. She loves to perform anything classical, from chamber to orchestral.

Fiona's music career is taking off as a soloist. "I'm enjoying the options that are coming my way to be able to play with an orchestra," she says. "That's my goal – to continue, but ultimately doing a little bit of everything."

She got involved with the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra through her teacher, Professor Robert Lipsett who introduced her to founding Music Director and Conductor James Domine.

"I've never performed with Mr. Domine before," says Fiona. "But we went through the concerto together and it was really fun. Hearing his inspiration for the piece and hearing him express his ideas makes me look forward to the upcoming actual performance."

Fiona will be playing two different concertos in one concert – a first for her. "I'll be playing both the Bruch and Mr. Domine's concerto," she says. "Just getting to play those in the same concert is going to be very exciting."

San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra and founding Music Director and Conductor James Domine present Year of the Violin on Oct. 16 at p.m. Scherr Forum Theater Bank of America Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. Admission is $40 Students and Seniors are $35. For more concert information visit:

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