Called "classical music's secret weapon", Tegen Davidge is a musician who, both on and off the stage, strives to awaken a renewed passion for the arts. She currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
She has performed solo and chamber music in renowned venues throughout Canada, the United States, China, and Europe. This has included solo performances with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) Orchestra, and the Medicine Hat College Academy Orchestra. She was recognized as the best viola performer both at the 2006 Kingsville and 2010 Corpus Christi Competitions, as well as the winner of the String Category Prize at the 2008 Canadian National Music Festival. She has performed with esteemed artists such as Roger Tapping, Jeffrey Irvine, Paul Kantor, Melissa Kraut, Seth Knopp, Michael Kannen, Maria Lambros, Bonnie Hampton, Violaine Melancon, Nathasha Brofsky, Katherine Murdock, Nicholas Mann, and Peter Frankl.
Tegen is an artist who strives to promote positive change within society. She spent the summer of 2013 volunteering as an intern with Sistema Scotland, a program that aims to rebuild communities by teaching children teamwork and discipline through the study of orchestral music. From September 2012 until May 2014, she was a faculty member at Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit organization that gives free music lessons to New York City children from low economic backgrounds. In the October of 2013, Tegen spearheaded the “Price of Life NYC” movement at the Juilliard School, which aimed to raise awareness about human trafficking and educate students about how they can use their art to fight for justice. This movement culminated in her initiation of the “Behind Closed Doors” concert series, a fundraising concert to benefit International Justice Mission, in which 17 Juilliard artists and alumni participated.
In addition to classical music, Tegen has been on a life-long journey as a folk musician. She is the daughter of a one-man band and an award-winning dance teacher, and believes that the fun, lack of judgment, and raw artistry that comes naturally with folk music is an attitude that needs to be re-introduced and maintained in the classical genre.
Tegen began studying the violin at the age of seven, before taking up the viola at age 14. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and recently graduated with her Masters’ degree from the Juilliard School. Her major teachers have included Michael van der Sloot, Jeffrey Irvine, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Heidi Castleman.