Denise Djokic grew up in Halifax in a family full of musicians. Her father, Philippe is a violinist and her mother Lynn Stodola is a pianist. Her brother Marc is also a violinist and her aunt and uncle are cellists, In fact they became Djokic's first teachers. At the age of 15, Djokic went to Cleveland to study with Richard Aaron and then she continued her musical education at the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Just after releasing her first CD, Djokic was invited to perform at the Grammys. Her follow-up disc, Folklore received an East Coast Music Award, a Juno nomination and charted on Billboard's "Top 15 Classical CDs" list. Critics have praised her recording of the Benjamin Britten cello suites and believe it stands alongside the classic recording by Mstislav Rostropovich.
Djokic tours regularly with pianist David Jalbert. She also appears with orchestras in North America and Europe and is well-respected in the chamber music circles.
On this edition of This Is My Music, Djokic shares stories and the music she loves.
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Denise Djokic shares her favourite music on This Is My Music