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.
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.
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 $34,000 t0 2013 Special Award Recipients at today’s Special Awards Ceremony
The Nova Scotia Talent Trust (NSTT) will recognize the 2013 Scholarship and Special Award recipients at 2:00pm on Monday, December 16th 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.
Created to support the career of contralto Portia White almost 70 years ago, the NSTT has continued to support emerging Nova Scotian artists as they pursue their studies toward establishing professional careers in the arts.
One such gifted artist is Halifax filmmaker Gwyneth Christoffel, who will receive the $1,500 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, the NSTT’s highest honour for a student in any discipline. This is the first time in the award’s history that it has been awarded to a recipient who is studying film. Christoffel is also the recipient of the $1,000 Shelagh Mackenzie Award for film and has recently started her first year at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona where she is studying towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Video.
As well, two new Special Awards will be given out for the first time this year. The 2011 Canada Games Young Artist of Excellence Awards, valued at $10,000 each, will be awarded to any recipient, regardless of age, from any artistic discipline, who best exemplifies the qualities embraced by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, that of the utmost commitment, promise, exceptional technique, talent and the highest achievement of excellence, someone who demonstrates the passion and drive to become a professional Nova Scotia artist in their field of discipline. These two awards will be awarded every December for the next ten years and are the legacy of the 2011 Canada Games Young Artists of Excellence Program. In its inaugural year the two $10,000 awards will be received by Halifax flamenco dancer Francesca Nardi and classical pianist Lucas Porter from Port Williams. Nardi studied recently with Amor de Dios-Ciclo Dedicado a la Formacion Completa del Baile Flamenco in Madrid, Spain. Porter is currently studying for his Masters of Music in Performance (Piano) degree at the University of Montreal.
The other Special Award recipients, each of whom demonstrates exceptional potential to become professional artists, are listed below: