Founders_Fondateurs

Art Crush, Marc Djokic, Avery Zhao

Founder & Artistic Director

Avery Zhao

Avery was born in Beijing, China, and at the age of five her family moved to Ottawa, Ontario. She has studied Design at Ryerson University and from 2005 to 2008 she studied at the Grande Ecole ESMOD in Paris, France, where she graduated in Fashion Design. She worked as a fashion designer in Paris and Montreal during several years for international brands, her work leading her to research trips around Europe, Asia and the US.

She is currently pursuing a BFA at Concordia University in Studio Arts and in 2016 completed a two-week residency entitled ‘Tactile Museum’ at the Montreal art centre Eastern Bloc, in collaboration with a dance choreographer. In 2016-2017 she is be part of the international Solar Decathlon 2016 Competition as an artist member of the Canadian entry, Team Mtl – a joint collaboration between the Mcgill Architecture department and Concordia Fine Arts, JMSB and Engineering faculties.

Avery works for the Concordia Fine Arts Student Association as one of its elected student coordinators, and participates in art festivals and concerts where she performs time-based painting with choreographical elements. In 2017 her interdisciplinary performance project, Art Crush, will be performing at the Salle Bourgie in the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal in collaboration with Ensemble Caprice.

Avery is also working on a series of oil paintings around the industrial fashion districts of Saint-Laurent, the Mile End and most importantly the Chabanel area of Montreal.

Co-Founder

Marc Djokic

A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, violinist Marc Djokic is known for his powerful and engaging international performances.

Praised by La Presse for his “rhythmic sense and natural phrasing,” he is one of Canada’s most engaging concert musicians. A winner of Quebec’s Prix Opus among numerous other prizes, he performs frequently as soloist with Canada’s top orchestras and in chamber music festivals across North America. His concerts have been frequently broadcast by CBC Radio and Espace Musique.

Some highlights coming up in 2015-2016: Marc will be performing the Sibelius violin concerto in B.C. and will be releasing twelve new classical music videos filmed in Montreal and produced by noncerto. He will also be appearing as concert master with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in April 2016.

For 2016, the classical music channel Noncerto has again invited Marc to make an additional 12 music videos, this time in Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick to represent the Maritimes for a 2017 release date to coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Marc performs on violins by Becker 1927, Fagnola 1922, and a rare Guarnerius 1740.

His regular collaborations include a duo with marimbist Beverly Johnston, the group Bowfire, Trio Tangere (with 2 guitars), as well as with new multidisciplinary collaborations such as Art Crush. Always passionate to share insights on violin performance and technique, he has given master classes at universities and summer music festivals throughout Canada.

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