Michelle DJOKIC, cello.
Cellist Michelle Djokic is Founder and Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players. Since its inception in 1995 this series has brought together the brightest talents of the chamber music world in thoughtful and adventurous programming with their performances broadcast regularly on WWFM in Princeton, NJ. Concordia Chamber Players commissioned “Obrigado”, Quintet for mandolin and string quartet by young Brazilian superstar, Clarice Assad, which received its world premier in the spring of 2011 with Mike Marshall on the mandolin. Michelle joined pianist, John Novacek at the 2011 Festival Mozaic for the world premier of Novacek’s “Singular Piece” for cello and piano commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Project. Her recording with Quartet San Francisco entitled “QSF Plays Brubeck” earned a 2010 Grammy Nomination in Best Classical Crossover. In 2007 she became a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra with whom she released the highly acclaimed recording “Together” in 2009. Upon moving to Northern California from the East Coast in 2005 Michelle served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony for two seasons.
Her greatest passion is chamber music collaborations with her colleagues around the world and sharing in the development of young musicians. Previous concert seasons have included collaborations with Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, Festicamara in Medellin, Colombia, Ensemble Matheus of France, Princeton Festival, Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards and the Mozaic Festival.
Michelle made her debut as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 12 and made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony in 1985. She was awarded the coveted People’s Prize in the 1981 International Casals Competition and the Prince Bernard Award for Excellence at the Scheveningen International Cello Competition in addition to capturing first prize in numerous young artist competitions in the US.
Michelle received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.