Winner of the Prix Goyer, the biggest prize in Canada for classical music, a Prix Opus from the Conseil québécois de la musique, and a former Instrument Bank recipient from Canada Council, Marc Djokic is one of most the prolific violinists of his generation. In life as in his performances, his engaging, sincere and down-to-earth approach has made him an enduring favourite of audiences. In 2018 Marc Djokic will release his debut album on the ATMA Classique label.
“Astonishing… a certain inevitable perfection to his playing, as if he could not make an error or fail to deliver a single nuance to a note. Christopher Bergland, an ultrarunner, calls it superfluidity: “… a state of performing with zero friction, zero viscosity, and superconductivity — it is a state of absolute harmony and endless energy.” That’s the zone where Djokic was, stepping squarely into it each time he picked up his bow.” The Buzz, PEI
“..du violon de haut niveau. L’héritage musical est là, évident à chaque instant: dans le sens rythmique, dans le phrasé naturel, dans la sonorité égale…” – Claude Gingras, La Presse
Originally from the Maritimes – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Marc Djokic first studied with his father Philippe Djokic, one of Canada’s great soloists and a pupil of the master Ivan Galamian. He continued his studies on full scholarships with 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.
From BC Contact to Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic, Marc has toured several times throughout Canada. As a soloist, he has performed with prestigious ensembles including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony (BC), PEI Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Caprice. He has often performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto to critical acclaim.
CAMMAC Music Centre named Marc Djokic as their first Artist-in-Residence, a role for the 2017-2018 season that will include teaching, performances, research and the commissioning of a work to be premiered at the Centre.
A highly active chamber musician, Marc Djokic has appeared in various festivals including the Park City International Music Festival in the USA and Ottawa Chamberfest, Scotia Festival of Music, and Montreal Chamber Music Festival in Canada.
Marc’s past performances with leading musicians of the world stage include concerts with Beverley Johnston, James Ehnes, Measha Brueggergosman, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Denise Djokic and Thorwarld Jorgensen.
From 2015 to 2017 the classical music channel noncerto produced more than 45 music videos featuring Marc and his collaborations, reaching viewers from over 100 countries. This multi-year project aims to promote classical music through new media in Canada and beyond, and was made possible by the Mécénat Musica foundation.
With the support of Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Mécénat Musica, Marc has commissioned several Canadian compositions for solo violin, string trio, marimba and violin, and two guitars and violin.
Marc’s current collaborations include his Bev&Marc Duo for marimba and violin, Trio Tangere with guitarists Jérôme Ducharme and Louis Trépanier, and Ensemble Art Crush, a multidisciplinary collaboration of music, art and dance, with visual artist Avery Zhao.