Laine Longton has been playing the cello since the age of 5. She began performing at 7 as solo, in chamber groups, and in orchestras. Studying from age 7-17 with Victoria based teacher Gail O’Riordan, Laine performed frequently in the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival. She has studied throughout Europe with Martin Rummel, Guido Schiefen, and violinist Dénes Zsigmondy.
She received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance in 2010 from the University of Victoria studying under Pamela Highbaugh Aloni of the Lafayette String Quartet. In 2012 she completed a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature under the guidance of Dmitry Kouzov at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Laine has attended many summer programs, most recently she spent the summer of 2013 in the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario as part of the Brott Music Festival. She is currently a Candidate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC in the Doctorate in Musical Arts program with Professor Eric Wilson.
Laine is the Director of Strings at the UBC Summer Music Institute. She teaches at the Mozart School of Music, the Dena Wosk School of Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Centre, and privately. She is currenty the Teaching Assistant for Contemporary Playersat UBC and a core member of the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo, BC.