Lydia Luce grew up in a strict musical household where her mother was a professional conductor and did not present learning the violin as a choice. From six years old she excelled in numerous philharmonics but knew her path was not that of a professional classical musician. Instead, Luce found inspiration in combining her accomplished formal education and session work as a studio musician with the personal and emotional content of family, love, and life experience. In addition to her solo work, she created Lockeland Strings, a Nashville-based community arts organization and a showcase of local artists accompanied by string quartet arrangements, alongside performances of new contemporary classical pieces from local composers. They’ve been joined by Kacey Musgraves and Lucie Silvas, among others, and partners with nonprofits, including the ACLU of Tennessee, Girls Write Nashville and The Little Pantry That Could. Luce also plays viola as a session musician.