A native Calgarian, Theresa Lane began playing violin at the age of four. She joined the second violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, while studying for her bachelor of music degree. After she graduated in 2014, with distinction, she went on to earn her master of music in violin performance in 2017. Both degrees were from the University of Calgary under the supervision of Professor Edmond Agopian. Lane has also had the privilege to be under the outstanding tutelage of retired CPO musicians Kathy Grigoriu, Alla Magid, and Čeněk Vrba.
During her studies, Lane was thrilled to be a winner of the 2011 University of Calgary Concerto Competition, performing the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto on stage with the Calgary Phil. Lane was also honoured to have been awarded many scholarships, including a Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, The Marley Rynd Memorial Performance Scholarship, two Norman J. Kennedy Memorial Scholarships for String Instruments, and the Calgary Pro Musica Chamber Music Prize. Her master’s research centred on Roma (gypsy) and klezmer techniques in classical violin music, and was supported by a generous SSHRC grant. She travelled to Hungary and Romania to hear Roma musicians and eat far too much delicious food. Meanwhile, she furthered her study of non-western music styles in a Turkish-Canadian research-based music ensemble. During the summers, Lane has studied at international music programs including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Courses in Finland, the Orford Arts Centre, the Banff Centre, and the Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany.
More recently, Lane has focused on creating and presenting musical education programs. She is a founding member of the Bow Trio ensemble, which has received multiple grants from the National Arts Centre to develop workshops for children in schools across Calgary.
In her spare time, she loves dancing Argentine tango and West coast swing, learning circus aerials, and eating cheesecake.