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.
Francesca Nardi - Nova Scotia Talent Trust's First Goodwill Ambassador
October 22, 2013 We have the pleasure to announce our first Goodwill Ambassador. Francesca is a three time NSTT Scholarship Recipient and the 2012 NSTT Robert G. Jackson Award winner. Her passion and dedication in flamenco dance paid off this summer when she was awarded a Gold Scholarship from the faculty of El Ciclo Dedicado a La FormacionCompleta Del Baile Flamenco in Madrid, Spain. This is a full tuition scholarship for the 2014 program.
Francesca Nardi: "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. Please consider supporting the Nova Scotia Talent Trust's mandate to help emerging artists like me to fulfill their dream to become professional artists." Francesca Nardi will help to spread the word about the Nova Scotia Talent Trust’s mandate of helping tomorrow’s artists today. I like to thank photographer Joeri Coppens, Halifax for his generosity in giving us permission to use the beautiful photo showing Francesca Nardi at the 2013 Multicultural Festival. More of Joeri's photowork can be found here.