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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lucas Porter (NSTT Lieutenant Governor Award 2011) plays Chopin on November 21, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax
Featuring: Nathan Brock, conductor Lucas Porter (left), piano
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 John Weinzweig: “Edge of the World” Haydn: Symphony no. 103 “Drumroll”
Nova Scotia piano prodigy Lucas Porter is the two-time winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the youngest student of the Glenn Gould School to ever win its prestigious Concerto Competition. In 2011, he was awarded the NSTT Lieutenant Governor Award. Now, Lucas returns to Symphony Nova Scotia to perform one of Chopin’s best-loved works, the brilliant Piano Concerto no. 2. The orchestra also takes on dramatic symphonies by Haydn and Prokofiev, all under the direction of the Montreal Symphony’s rising star conductor, Nathan Brock.