Winner of the 2017-2018 Prix Goyer and a Prix Opus, Marc Djokic is one of the most prolific Canadian violinists of his generation. He first studied violin with his father, violinist Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the master Ivan Galamian. Marc continued his studies in the United States under the tutelage of David Russell at Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program, Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, and Jaime Laredo at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Marc made his first orchestra debut at 14, won the Governor General’s Millennium Award at 20, and at 23 was featured on Bravo! television series, The Classical Now.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marc Djokic is known for his powerful and virtuosic performances. His engaging, anecdotal and down-to-earth approach has made him a fan favourite of audiences. Praised for his “rhythmic sense and natural phrasing” by La Presse, Marc is able to reach out to a diverse audience through his range of repertoire, new concert formats and collaborations. With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Mécénat Musica, Marc has commissioned Canadian compositions for solo violin, string trio, marimba and violin and two guitars and violin. Marc was a founding member of the Morpheus Ensemble (Fréderic Lambert, Chloë Dominguez, Paul Stewart) which was Quartet-in-Residence from 2010 to 2013 at la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal. He was Musician-in-Residence of the St. Cecilia Concert Series in Halifax from 2009 to 2010.
A past winner of Quebec’s Prix Opus and Canada Council’s Instrument Bank among numerous other prizes, Marc performs frequently as soloist with Canada’s top orchestras and in chamber music festivals across North America. He has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and The National Arts Centre Orchestra. He performed with the Calgary Philharmonic as part of his Bowfire debut, and was guest concertmaster for the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal. His concerts have been frequently broadcast by CBC Radio and Espace Musique. From the Jeunesses Musicales tour to Debut Atlantic, Marc has toured several times throughout Canada.