Terri Croft is an accomplished violinist, an award-winning fiddler, and a dedicated violin and fiddle teacher, currently based in Toronto, ON. She 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.
For the past three years, she has been hired by the National Arts Center to perform as part of the Resident Ensemble for their Young Artist Program. She has also performed for numerous chamber music series, including Cecilia Concerts (NS), the Barachois Summer Music series (NB), and in Toronto at venues such as Gallery 345 and Mazzoleni Hall. In 2015, she was in the winning groups for both the Duo and Ensemble categories at the Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. She occasionally performs as an extra musician with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Motion Picture Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras and pickup bands around Toronto.
Originally from Riverview, New Brunswick, Terri was immersed in the Maritime fiddle tradition from a young age in addition to her extensive classical training. She was a prodigious old-time fiddler, and was among the youngest (at 11) ever to be chosen to compete at the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Competition. To this day she remains the youngest (at 13) to win the Open Class Championship at the Maritime Fiddle Festival. In 2014, after a hiatus from fiddling to focus on her post-secondary studies, she captured the Northern Ontario Fiddle Championship. Now, she collaborates with blind pianist/accordionist Shelby Murray, producing and performing unique concerts which include traditional Canadian fiddle styles, jazz, and blues, in addition to the classical violin repertoire.
With her longtime commitment to outreach and social justice, Terri has brought music to audiences in schools, special care homes, hospitals, and at fundraisers. She is an enthusiastic teacher with a growing studio in the East End of Toronto. When she is not performing or teaching, she enjoys creative writing, reading, painting, and learning about social issues.