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 with many principle orchestras, she has appeared with the Toronto Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Mexico City’s Orquesta Filharmonica UNAM, as well as the symphony orchestras of Vancouver, Omaha, Montreal, Winnipeg, Syracuse, Santa Cruz, Brazil’s Amazonas Philharmonic, and many others across the continent. She has collaborated with conductors Andrew Litton, Grant Llewellyn, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernhard Gueller, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Avi Ostrovsky, and Kenneth Schermerhorn, among others. As a recitalist, Denise performs with her long-time musical partner, pianist David Jalbert. They have performed together in Washington, D.C. at the Phillips Collection and Museum of Women in the Arts, in San Francisco, Cologne, Mexico City, Vancouver, at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series and New York’s Bargemusic, as well as many other cities throughout North America. Denise and David also tour with Piano Plus, an organization which brings performances to rural communities in Canada. Denise’s love of chambermusic brings her to many festivals each year, including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor, Park City, Ravinia, San Miguel de Allende, and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival. She performs with New York’s Omega Ensemble and the Jupiter Chamber Players. Denise has been the subject of a BRAVO! TV documentary entitled “Seven Days, Seven Nights”, which followed her through a week-long recital tour. She has also been a speaker at IdeaCity in Toronto, and was a keynote speaker at the Queen’s Women In Leadership Conference. Denise was named byMacLean’sMagazine as one of the top “25 Canadians who are Changing ourWorld”, and by ELLEMagazine as one of “Canada’sMost PowerfulWomen”. Having grown up in a large musical family, Denise first began to learn the cello with her uncle, Pierre Djokic. Her parents, Lynn and Philippe Djokic, are both musicians, as well as her brother, Marc. Denise furthered her studies in Cleveland and Boston, where her teachers included Richard Aaron, Laurence Lesser, and Paul Katz.