Denise Djokic

Denise Djokic

Denise Djokic

USA

Cellist Denise Djokic has been praised worldwide for her sincere, powerful interpretations and her bold command of the instrument.  Instantly recognized by her "arrestingly beautiful tone colour" (The Strad), she moves audiences with her natural musical instinct and her remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity.

An acclaimed soloist, she appears frequently with all of Canada's major orchestras as well as with those in the USA and abroad.  This past season, Denise made her New York City Concerto Debut at Lincoln Center with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.   She also made her European Concerto Debut with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra under Marcus Bosch.  Other recent engagements featured appearances with the North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances in Mexico City, in celebration of the 2009 Haydn Anniversary year.  Upcoming performances in the 2010-11 season include a return engagement with l'Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, where she will perform Strauss' Don Quixote with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, and a tour with Symphony Nova Scotia and Bernhard Gueller conducting, as well as performances in the United States, Canada and Amsterdam.

As a recitalist, Denise performs frequently with her long-time musical partner, pianist David Jalbert.  Recent performances have brought them to Washington D.C., San Francisco, Mexico City, Vancouver, Chicago, Tuscon, and New York's Bargemusic.  Denise and David also tour with Piano Plus. Denise's love of chamber music has brought her to the festivals of Ottawa, Caramoor, Park City, Ravinia, San Miguel de Allende, and Vancouver.  Last season, she gave the world premiere of Christos Hatzis' "In the Fire of Conflict", at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  Denise appears frequently with New York's Jupiter Chamber Players and also tours with her chamber music partner since childhood, her violinist brother Marc.

Immediately following the release of her debut recording on the Sony Classical label, Denise was a featured performer at the 2002 Grammy Awards.  The self-titled CD won great critical acclaim and received a 2002 East Coast Music Award.  Her following recording, "Folklore", (Allegro/Endeavor) received a JUNO nomination as well as an ECMA, and hit the Billboard Chart's top 15 Classical CD's.  "Folklore" was also featured on NPR's "All Things Considered".  

Denise's most recent recording - the complete Britten Solo Suites for the ATMA label - has received critical acclaim from renowned publications such as Fanfare and The Strad and was declared "easily able to stand alongside the great recordings of Rostropovich and Wispelwey" by AllMusic.com.

Denise has been the subject of a BRAVO! TV documentary entitled "Seven Days, Seven Nights", has appeared as a speaker at IdeaCity in Toronto and at the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen's University.  She was named one of the top "25 Canadians who are Changing our World" by MacLean’s Magazine, and one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women" by ELLE Magazine.

Denise first began to learn the cello with her uncle and aunt, cellists Pierre Djokic and Michelle Djokic.  Her parents, Lynn and Philippe, and brother Marc, are all musicians.  Denise gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
 

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