Denise Djokic

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.

Marc Djokic

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

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.

Marielle Groven

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.

Natalie Alcorn

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.

Francesca Nardi - Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s first goodwill ambassador

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has the pleasure to announce its first Goodwill Ambassador. Francesca Nardi is a three time NSTT Scholarship Recipient and the 2012 Robert G. Jackson Award Special Award winner. Her dedication and passion for flamenco dance paid off this summer when she was awarded a Gold Scholarship (a full tuition scholarship for the 2014 program) from the faculty of El Ciclo Dedicado a La Formacion Completa Del Baile Flamenco in Madrid, Spain.   "For a young artist trying to study and improve, an NSTT Scholarship can be the doorway to opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach.

The Nova Scotia Talent Trust has helped me to study in Spain three times now, and helped me become a better rounded flamenco dancer and performer. I have been able to bring what I have learned back to Nova Scotia, and share my experience with the flamenco community as a teacher and performer. More than just financial help, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust community has given me endless moral support and encouragement. Nothing has been more motivating than having professional artists rooting for my success and believing in my potential,” said Francesca Nardi when asked about her experience with the NSTT.

Francesca Nardi will help to spread the word about the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s mandate of helping tomorrow’s artists today.

Since its creation in 1944, the NSTT has given out more than $1.9 million dollars in scholarships to over 1900 recipients. The NSTT is supported by the 2011 Canada Games Legacy Fund, The Craig Foundation, RBC Foundation, Music Nova Scotia, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, Theatre Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, ImmediaC, the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, Norex Inc., Docaitta Design (Darrell Freeman), TD Canada Trust, Dalhousie Music in Medicine Program and Arts Nova Scotia.  The NSTT is pleased to work in partnership with the province to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. The NSTT has two deadline dates coming up in 2014: March 1st for Spring/Summer study and May 1st for Fall/Winter study.  For more information, please visit their website at


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