A graduate of the University of Toronto and a former student of Tom Monohan, Jan Urke continued his studies at Banff Centre with Stuart Knussen. He has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1980. He has freelanced with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, National Ballet Company, the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Alberta, and served for a number of summers at Banff Centre as a resource artist. Jan enjoys photography, mountain biking and cross country skiing.