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.
Jocelyn Yang, NSTT Raymond Simpson Award 2012, Performs at The Indian River Festival
St. Mary's Church Route 104, Indian River
Youth Legacy Performance
Sunday, June 16 at 3pm
Tickets available now by phone. Please call 1-866-856-3733. (This concert is general admission seating.) www.indianriverfestival.com
An afternoon recital featuring young Island musicians who have received the Indian River Festival Performance Award. Also on the program is the 2013 Debut Atlantic Young Artist Award winner, Jocelyn Yang.
13-year-old Jocelyn Yang was born in Taiwan and has been playing piano since the age of three. She is currently in grade seven and enjoys reading and listening to music in her spare time. Jocelyn has won many awards, including numerous Kiwanis Festival Prizes, the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’Association (NSRMTA) trophy for the Halifax Kiwanis Festival, the NSRMTA Senior division scholarship and most recently, the prestigious Raymond Simpson Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. She was the 2011 winner of the Junior Provincial Final Competition for the Kiwanis Music Festival, and a Laureate of the 2010 Canadian Music Competition Finals held in Montreal. This past November (2012), Jocelyn made her orchestral debut with the Chebucto Orchestra and she has appeared many times on the Music Room Young Artist Series. Jocelyn is the recipient of a Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship, which she gratefully acknowledges. She has been a student of Lynn Stodola, since 2010.