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.
Veronique MacKenzie, dancer, choreographer in Motion Activated
Former NSTT scholarship recipient Veronique MacKenzie, dance and choreography, has a wonderful Performance exhibtion with Susan Tooke and Lukas Pearse at the St. Mary's University Art Gallery coming up.
Opening June 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. with performance
June 8, July 18 and July 26 at 8 p.m.
Motion Activated is on view until July 28, 2013
Veronique MacKenzie, Lukas Pearse and Susan Tooke, all established artists in their own fields of expertise – dance, two-dimensional representation and audio- and time-based media – come together to create a multimedia installation and performance project. Motion Activated explores performance and animation in an electro-acoustic environment, combining the dance movement of Veronique MacKenzie, the images of painter Susan Tooke, and an interactive environment designed by Lukas Pearse.
More information can be found on St. Mary's University Art Gallery website.