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Canada's Top Young Classical Musicians to Perform and Teach at BU

October 25, 2006

The 2006-2007 pro series continues with one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, cellist Denise Djokic. Denise was born in Halifax into a family of musicians – her father Philippe performed at the inaugural Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival this past summer, along with her brother, Marc. Her uncle Pierre is the assistant principal cellist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra while her aunt Michelle is the associate principal cellist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Denise began making waves of her own in the classical music scene while still a teen.

Nominated for a Juno award this past year for her second disc entitled Folklore, she has been performing on stages in North America and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she also studied with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser in Boston. In 2000, she was awarded the loan of a $4 million Stradivarius from the Canada Council’s instrument bank, on which she still performs. Two years later, she performed at the Grammy Awards.

The young cellist will be joined on stage by pianist David Jalbert. He collaborated with Djokic on the critically acclaimed CD Folklore, which garnered an East Coast Music award. Jalbert has two solo recordings to his credit and has appeared as a soloist with most of Canada’s foremost orchestras. Like his colleague, he has performed in this country, in the United States as well as in Mexico and Europe. He is the member of the chamber group Triple Forte with violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov. He holds two artist diplomas – one from The Juilliard School and the other from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto – as well as a Master degree from the Université de Montréal. His principal studies were with Jerome Lowenthal, Marc Durand, André Laplante and Pauline Charron.

For this concert, Djokic and Jalbert will present works by Martinu and Franck, among others, and appear in the pro series in conjunction with Prairie Debut.

"Cellist Denise Djokic with pianist David Jalbert will be the first tour of Prairie Debut's 10th anniversary season," says Lynne Bailey, Prairie Debut’s administrator. "This accomplished and exciting duo represents the standard of excellence which has become synonymous with Prairie Debut artists. Their concert at Brandon University is the first in a 14-performance tour throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta."

The recital featuring Denise Djokic on cello and David Jalbert on piano takes place Tuesday, October 31, at 8 p.m., in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall, in the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building, at Brandon University.

Denise Djokic will present a joint master class along with James Ehnes that is free and open to the public on November 1 at 9:00 AM in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall. This will be followed by a master class at 10:30 AM with David Jalbert.

The next guest artist recital at the School of Music is a dean’s series presentation of the Morley/Braid Quartet, a jazz group from Toronto, with guest saxophonist Tara Davidson. It will take place Thursday, November 2, at 8 p.m., also in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.

Tickets for all pro series concerts are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, alumni and students, and $6 for Conservatory students. Subscriptions for the pro series’ entire season can also be purchased, ranging from $60 for adults, to $35 for seniors, alumni and students, to $25 for Conservatory students. Both tickets and subscriptions can be bought at the door or in advance at the School of Music. Seating is limited. Programmes are subject to change.

The pro series and the School of Music gratefully acknowledge the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and of the Province of Manitoba, through a Consolidated Arts Programming Grant from Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

For more information, please contact:

School of Music
Brandon University
(204) 727-9631
or visit: for updated events listings.

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