Brendan Shea began violin at the age of 3 in Brussels, Belgium. At the age of 10 Brendan performed Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie in Carnegie Hall, and the following year made his debut with orchestra at the age of 11 playing Paganini Concerto No. 1 with the Landon Symphonette in Washington DC.
Brendan continues to perform regularly with Orchestras and in recitals nationally and internationally, and has competed in many major international competitions including Queen Elisabeth, Carl Nielsen, Sendai, Sibelius, Isang-Yun, and Seoul. His awards include 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.