Biography

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.

From 2015-2018, she was hired by the National Arts Center to perform chamber music as part of the Resident Ensemble for their Young Artist Program. She has appeared on numerous chamber music series, including Cecilia Concerts (NS), the Barachois Summer Music series (NB), and in Toronto 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 also performs as an extra musician with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, and other orchestras and pickup bands around Toronto.

Originally from Riverview, New Brunswick, Terri grew up immersed in the Maritime fiddle tradition 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 Shelby Murray, a blind pianist/accordion player from Salisbury, NB. Together they perform concerts with an eclectic mix of old-time and Celtic fiddle, popular and jazz standards, and light classical music. They give high school presentations on the power of music in surviving difficult times, with a focus on breaking the stigma around mental health in young people.