As an accomplished violinist and award-winning fiddler, Toronto-based musician Terri Croft has led a multi-faceted musical life in the 20 years since she first picked up a violin. As a freelance musician her work is as diverse as her musicianship. She plays regularly in concerts with her piano trio (The Ruby Trio), in solo violin and multi-genre recitals, as a session musician for recordings, and in various orchestras and pick-up bands in the Toronto area. She is an experienced, enthusiastic teacher with a growing studio in the East End of Toronto. Terri holds a Bachelor of Music from Dalhousie University, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her main teachers were Paul Kantor, Barry Shiffman, Jaime Laredo and Philippe Djokic.
Terri’s greatest love is chamber music, and her mentors and coaches have included Bryan Epperson, Merry Peckham, Anita Pontremoli, and Peter Salaff. She has performed on many chamber music series, including the Gardiner Museum’s “Bistro Series” (TO), the Barachois Summer Music series (NB), and the popular “Music at the Three Churches” series in Mahone Bay (NS). For the past two years, she has been hired by the National Arts Center to perform as part of the Resident Ensemble for their Young Artist Program. In 2015, she was part of the winning groups in both the Ensemble and Duo categories at the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Music Competition. From this competition blossomed The Ruby Trio, with pianist Alex Seredenko and cellist Amahl Arulanandam, with whom she will be performing at Gallery 345 (Toronto) and on the St. Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax, NS, in October 2016.
Having grown up amidst the Maritime fiddle music tradition in Riverview, New Brunswick, Terri continues to embrace a vast array of musical styles. As a child she was a prodigiously talented old-time fiddler, and to this day remains the youngest (at 13) to win the Open Class Championship at the Maritime Fiddle Festival. She also won the Canadian Open Fiddle Contest (under 12 category) three times, and was among the youngest ever to be chosen to compete at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition at 11. After a 10-year hiatus to focus on her post-secondary musical education, she re-emerged on the fiddle scene in 2014 and won the Northern Ontario Fiddle Championship. Since then, Terri has self-produced multi-genre concerts in which she has explored the realms of Celtic music, southern fiddle music, folk, jazz, blues, and of course, the classical violin repertoire.
When she is not musicking or teaching, Terri enjoys creative writing, reading, painting, learning about social issues and participating in activism as an intersectional feminist.