Press Release, September 19, 2013
The York Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce the appointment of its new music director, Denis Mastromonaco. The selection was made by a vote of the orchestra members themselves, after a season in which several candidates guest-conducted.
Denis is no stranger to the orchestra or to the community. A resident of York Region for the past two decades, he was assistant to former YSO conductor and mentor Roberto da Clara from 2000-2003. In 2005 he was awarded the City of Vaughan Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. And this year he has been awarded an Ontario Service Medal for work in the arts in York Region.
After achieving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, Denis received his Masters degree from the State University of New York, before heading to Europe, where he earned diplomas in conducting from the prestigious Mozarteum Sommeracadamie in Saltzburg, the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and the Wiener Mesiterkurse in Vienna.
Of his European experience, Denis says, “European schools for conducting are demanding from a compositional perspective: you must understand the score structurally. Likewise, working with European orchestras, one must be well versed in every part of the music, first technically and second from a musicological point of view.”
Denis has held posts with Opera Mississauga, the National Academy Orchestra and the State University of New York, among others. He has recently been named to the post of Music Director of the Mississauga Symphony as well as the YSO.
In the coming seasons, expect to hear the music of Beethoven, Sibelius, and Puccini, composers Denis lists among his idols, along with conductors Carlos Kleiber, Ricardo Muti and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Speaking of Beethoven, the new Maestro will inaugurate the 52nd season with a performance of his great Symphony #3, the “Eroica,” along with Mozart’s Violin Concerto #5, featuring brilliant young Canadian violinist Vivian Chon, and a favourite opera overture, Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco.
The concerts are Saturday, October 19th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday October 20th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for October 19th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday October 20th call 905 787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.ca. Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.