Denise Djokic, cello
Instantly recognized by her "arrestingly beautiful tone colour" (The Strad), cellist Denise Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct and remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity. Acclaim for her powerful interpretations, bold command of her instrument and insightful playing has earned her world-wide recognition and appearances in some of the most venerable halls. Denise burst onto the international music scene when millions of television viewers watched her performance of Bach at the 2002 Grammy Awards following the lauded release of her self-titled debut recording on SONY Classical. Since then, Denise has accrued numerous distinctions and accolades: she has been named one of the top "25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World" by Maclean’s Magazine, one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women” by Elle Magazine, and had her life and career chronicled by a special BRAVO! TV documentary entitled "Seven Days, Seven Nights".
Recent engagements include Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony (Texas), and Thunder Bay Symphony, Gulda’s Cello Concerto with the Edmonton Symphony, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Kingston Symphony, chamber music concerts at the Concordia Chamberfest, a return to the Scotia Festival of Music, and works by Mozart and Chausson with the Saint Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax.
A natural leader and advocate for classical music, Denise is equally at home on the podium as a keynote speaker, having presented at forums such as IdeaCity in Toronto and the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen's University. Denise believes strongly in passing along her knowledge of music and her instrument. She serves on the Faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada each summer, has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, and frequently gives masterclasses.
Denise’s discography includes the recently released disc of Chopin and Rachmaninoff sonatas with her long-time recital partner, pianist David Jalbert (ATMA), the complete Britten Solo Suites for Cello (ATMA), her highly acclaimed self-titled CD featuring works by Barber, Martinu and Britten (SONY) which received the 2002 East Coast Music Award, and Juno-nominated Folklore (Allegro/Endeavor) which was honoured with an East Coast Music Award and hit the Billboard Chart's top 15 Classical CDs.