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Michelle Djokic, Cello

Michelle DjokicCellist, 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 it’s world premier in the spring of 2011 with Mike Marshall on the mandolin. Djokic will join 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 most recent recording with Quartet San Francisco entitled “QSF Plays Brubeck” earned a 2010 Grammy Nomination in Best Classcial Crossover.

Active as a chamber musician, Ms. Djokic has been invited to collaborate with Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel and Cho-Liang Lin, among others, as well as the Boston Chamber Players with whom she recorded Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht”. Her festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Princeton Music Festival, Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin College Music Festival, Northern Country Chamber Players, Vermont Mozart Festival, Mozaic Festival and the Music in the Vineyards Festival. In 1985 Ms. Djokic made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Europe to great critical acclaim.

Michelle captured the Philadelphia Orchestra Young Artist Competition first prize giving her her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13. Other prizes include the Prince Bernard Award for Excellence in the 1989 Scheveningen International Cello Competition, the coveted People’s Prize in the 1980 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest, Hungary, first prize in the Chicago Civic Orchestra Competition, as well as first prize in the young artists competitions of the New Jersey Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Juilliard School Concerto Competition and the Aspen Festival Concerto Competition.

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. Michelle received her Bachelor and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at 20 years of age.