Denis Mastromonaco, Conductor
Engaged in both symphonic and operatic conducting, Denis Mastromonaco has held posts with Opera Mississauga, the National Academy Orchestra and the State University of New York, where he taught conducting and worked with the College Symphony, the Hillman Opera, Sinfonia and the Chamber Orchestra.
He has returned as a regular guest conductor for the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic, and has had the pleasure to conduct various ensembles, which include the Camerata Strumetale di Prato, Orchestra dell’Accademia di San Giorgio, Opera York, National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Etobicoke Philharmonic, York Symphony, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Bethany College Choir and in the coming season as guest conductor with the Mississauga Symphony.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Denis went on to obtain a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York, attaining summa cum laude honours. With extensive international training, he also holds diplomas in conducting from the Wiener Meisterkurze of the Vienna Conservatory, from the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg and from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.
His studies with distinguished teachers and orchestras include Salvador mas Conde, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Hans Zender, Lothar Zagrosek, the Vancouver Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Windsor Symphony and the Vidin State Philharmonic.
As an advocate for music in the community, Denis has been Music Director for the Scarborough Concert Band, the Toronto Italian Band, the internationally acclaimed Philippine Heritage Band and has taught, adjudicated and served as clinician for ensembles and schools, all while promoting the importance of music in local communities.
He has been the recipient of prestigious awards including the Emme Contestabile Prize in Orchestral Conducting from Accademia Musicale Chigiana and received the City of Vaughan, 2005 Outstanding Citizen Award.