Marc began his violin studies at the age of six with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Kiwanis Festival of Music Rose Bowl Prize, the Hudson Community Scholarship, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Scholarship Award, and several NSTT Awards, including the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award, and the Lieutenant Governor's Award.
Simon Shaw graduated with many awards and honours, including four Talent Trust scholarships, in the spring of 2007 from the Newark and Sherwood School of Violin Making and Repair, Newark, England. This institution is one of the foremost violin making schools in the world. Simon is now a professional luthier practicing in Halifax.
It is amazing to know that there are so many wonderful people who invest so much time and effort because they truly care about the successful development of our futures as artists. I am so thankful to have such support from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust- it is incredibly encouraging and helpful on so many levels.
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has supported me every step of the way, from my earliest beginnings in the study of music to my current pursuit of a master's degree in music composition at McGill. Thanks to their generous support, I have been given the means to realize my dream of making a career in music as a composer and arranger of music. For this, I am deeply grateful.
Cellist Denise Djokic is one of the most exciting talents of her generation and has thrilled audiences worldwide with the youthful vigour, confidence and passion of her playing.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust awards over $9,000 t0 2008 special award recipients
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust will honour the 2008 scholarship and special award recipients in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on December 18th, 2008 at the Dalhousie Art Gallery.
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White, for 64 years the Talent Trust has supported students on their way to becoming professional artists.
One such gifted artist is Despo Sophocleous, who will not only receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the Talent Trust’s highest honour for a student in any discipline, but the $1000 Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/Visual Arts Nova Scotia award, for her cutting-edge jewellery. Despo comes from Sydney and studied at NSCAD. Like so many award winners, she has gone abroad to acquire the skills needed to further succeed in her discipline and is currently studying in Germany at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Otto Künzli. It is a true testament to Despo’s commitment and dedication to her craft that she has received two Talent Trust awards in the same year, an occurrence that happens rarely.
The seven other special award recipients, who each demonstrate exceptional potential to become professional artists, are:
Ballet dancer, Zoe Keijser, is the recipient of the $500 Janice Merritt Flemming Award for dance and is furthering her studies at Halifax Dance. (Award sponsored by Janice Flemming.)
Composer, Angela Miller, is the recipient of the $750 Kenneth Elloway Award for classical and chorale music and is studying for her Bachelor of Music at the Berklee College of Music. (Award sponsored by the Elloway family.)
Pianist, Lucas Porter, is the recipient of the $1000 Ray Simpson Award for music and is studying for his Performance Diploma at the Glenn Gould School. (Award supported by the Simpson family.)
Percussionist, William Fisher, is recipient of the $1000 Chico Berardi Award for non-classical music and is studying for his Bachelor of Applied Music at Humber College. (Award sponsored by Music Nova Scotia.)
Dancer, Sarah Murphy, is the recipient of the $1000 Pat Richards Award for dance and is studying for her B.F.A. at The Juilliard School.
Actor, James MacLean, is the recipient of the $1000 Theatre Nova Scotia Award and is studying for his Certificate in Acting at the National Theatre School. (Award sponsored by Theatre Nova Scotia.)
Singer, Julie Rudolph Monette, is the recipient of the $1500 Portia White Award for voice and is studying privately with Marcia Swanston. (Award sponsored by the Dalhousie Medical Humanities Program.)