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Denise Djokic

  • Cellist

Biography

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Denise Djokic performs throughout North America. She has performed at the Phillips Collection and the museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and has also performed in San Francisco, Cologne, Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, at Bargemusic and with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, in addition to all major Canadian centres. Her avid involvement in chamber music brings her to many festivals yearly, including the chamber festivals of Caramoor, Ottawa, Vancouver, Park City, Parry Sound, Domaine Forget, and Ravinia.
Denise has toured Canada extensively, during which she was featured as the subject of the documentary film “Seven Days, Seven Nights”, which aired on Bravo TV and was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival. She was also named by MacLean’s magazine as one of “25 Young Canadians who are changing our World”, and by ELLE magazine as one of “Canada’s 30 most Powerful Women”. Denise’s debut recording was released in 2002 on the SONY CLASSICAL label to great critical acclaim, and won her an East Coast Music Award for “Best Classical Recording of the Year”. During the same year, Denise was a featured performer at the 2002 Grammy Awards. In 2005 she released her second recording, entitled “Folklore”, on the ALLEGRO/ENDEAVOR CLASSICS label, which was featured on NPR’s renowned “All Things Considered” program.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has nominated “Folklore” in the category ?Classical Album of the year’ for a 2006 Juno Award, the Canadian counterpart of the United States Grammy Awards. In May 2006 “Folklore” reached the “Billboard Charts Top 15” joining artists such as Maurizio Pollini, Lang Lang, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Ben Heppner, Renee Fleming and Mitsuko Uchida and showed surprising staying power in the “Top 200 of all genre sales” on Amazon. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, into a large musical family, Denise began her studies with Olive Shaw and Shimon Walt. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s “Young Artist Program”, where she was a student of Richard Aaron, and later continued her studies in Boston with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser. Denise has been a recipient of several grants and prizes from the Canada Council for the Arts, and is grateful for their generous and continuing support. More recently, Denise signed a contract with the ATMA record label.
Her recording schedules include a solo-CD, a CD together with the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and another album to be recorded with pianist David Jalbert. In November 2009 she will embark on a concert tour of Germany with the Camerata Bern and further concerts in Europe.