Press Release, March 25, 2013

For its next series of concerts featuring the music of Beethoven and Brahms, the York Symphony will welcome back two of its most popular guest performers. 

On the podium will be Denis Mastromonaco. Experienced in both symphonic and operatic conducting, Denis has held posts with Opera Mississauga, the National Academy Orchestra and the State University of New York, among others. He has been a regular guest conductor for the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic, and has conducted a variety of ensembles, including the Camerata Strumetale di Prato, Orchestra dell’Accademia di San Giorgio, Opera York and The National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay has been recognized for her interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, especially the music of Beethoven, and it is his darkly romantic Third Concerto that she has chosen to play with the orchestra.

In 2009, Elissa was the first prize winner of the 13th Biennial International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2006, she won the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, a scholarship given annually to an outstanding young Canadian musician. 
Elissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Oberlin College. She is currently a doctoral student at New York University where she is the recipient of the Dorothy Morse Scholarship and a Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship.

In addition to the Beethoven concerto, Maestro Mastromonaco will lead the orchestra in that composer’s Egmont Overture, as well as the Symphony #1 of Johannes Brahms


The concerts are Saturday, April 13th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday April 14th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for April 13th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday April 14th call 905 787-8811 or go online at

Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.