Denise Djokic

Instantly recognized by her "arrestingly beautiful tone colour" (The Strad), cellist Denise Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct and remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity.


Denise has accrued numerous distinctions and accolades: she has been named one of the top "25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World" by Maclean’s Magazine, one of "Canada's Most Powerful Women” by Elle Magazine. Her life and career was chronicled by a special BRAVO! TV documentary, Seven Days, Seven Nights.


A natural leader and advocate for classical music, Denise is equally at home on the podium as a keynote speaker, having presented at forums such as IdeaCity in Toronto and the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen's University.  Denise believes strongly in passing along her knowledge of music and her instrument. She serves on the Faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada each summer, has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, and frequently gives masterclasses. 


Recent highlights feature recitals with longtime musical partner pianist David Jalbert for Chamber Music Kelowna and in Nelson, BC, a concert with Triple Forte in Montréal’s Salle Bourgie. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Edmonton Symphony in a performance of John Estacio's Triple Concerto with pianist Angela Cheng and violinist Juliette Kang. She has also appeared with the Academic Orchestra of Zurich in Quebec City, Strauss's Don Quixote with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain, a multi-disciplinary presentation with Seattle’s Spectrum Dance in the world premiere of Donald Byrd’s Love, set to Britten’s Cello Suites, and a special performance of solo Bach with Ballet Victoria.


Renowned for her performances of Bach’s Cello Suites, Denise is currently working on a video project featuring the complete suites in collaboration with filmmaker Andrew Coll.



Denise’s award-winning discography features the a disc of Chopin and Rachmaninoff sonatas with pianist David Jalbert (ATMA), the complete Britten Solo Suites for Cello also for ATMA which has received consistent accolades:  “young Canadian cellist Denise Djokic does them proud here with breathtaking technique and a wide dynamic sweep” (Toronto Star).  Her highly-acclaimed CD, entitled Denise Djokic featuring works by Barber, Martinu and Britten received the 2002 East Coast Music Award and Folklore (Allegro/Endeavor) received a JUNO nomination as well as an East Coast Music Award.


Having grown up in a large musical family, Denise first began to learn the cello with her uncle and aunt, cellists Pierre Djokic and Michelle Djokic.  Her parents, Lynn and Philippe, and brother Marc, are all musicians.  Denise gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

See Denise Djokic in performance at SweetWater 2018.


Party Like It's 1689!   Friday, September 21, 2018

Historic Leith Church                                       8 p.m.


Luthier Performance  Saturday September 22, 2018

Harmony Centre                                                  1 p.m.   FREE CONCERT


Brave New World II    Saturday, September 22, 2018

Roxy Theatre                                                        4 p.m.


Wait...What?               Saturday, September 22, 2018

Roxy Theatre                                                        7 p.m.

Out With a Bang             Saturday, September 23, 2018

Roxy Theatre                            2 p.m.