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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nova Scotia Talent Trust upcoming annual special awards ceremony
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) will recognize the 2012 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Monday, December 17 at Government House in a ceremony hosted by His Honour Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Honourary Chair of the NSTT.
This year’s Special Award winners will be chosen from a field of more than 40 individual scholarship recipients representing the artistic disciplines of music, literary arts, visual arts, video/new media, dance, and theatre.
The NSTT is also proud to announce the creation of a new annual $1,500 award. The RBC Emerging Artist Award will be given to the recipient who, among all others, has completed initial studies and shows exceptional commitment and professional potential as an artist.
“The RBC Emerging Arts Project has been a supporter of the Nova Scotia Talent Trust for many years,” states Executive Director Jacqueline Steudler. “We are very thankful for this new enhanced partnership to help emerging Nova Scotian artists to succeed.”
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White more than 65 years ago, the NSTT has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies towards the ultimate goal of establishing professional careers in the arts. The NSTT is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, RBC Emerging Artists Program, the Craig Foundation, ImmediaC, Music Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, CNSLC, Medicine in Music and Debut Atlantic. Since 1944, the NSTT has assisted over 1,900 Nova Scotians with awards totaling over $1.8 million.