Press Release, May 10, 2014

For its final pair of concerts this season, the York Symphony Orchestra will be performing two of the greatest and most beloved works in the classical repertoire.

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5, called “The Emperor,” filled with grandeur, bold melodies and heroic spirit, is the perfect vehicle for Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay, who will  join the orchestra as soloist.

A favourite with YSO audiences and players, Elissa has become celebrated for her interpretation of Beethoven, having won first prize at the 13th Biennial International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. She has also performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall, among many other venues.

Elissa comes to the concert stage via a unique route. Prior to attending Oberlin College to study music, she studied biochemistry at the University of Toronto. A National Biology Scholar in 1999, she won a Regent’s In-Course Scholarship, was a Dean’s List Scholar, and won the Gollop Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry.


Currently, Elissa is a doctoral student in piano at New York University, and maintains an active teaching studio. She is now on faculty at The New School for Music Study in New Jersey, and also teaches privately in New York City.

The second great work on the program is Peter Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, his second to last, and the one that depicts the most positive aspects of this complicated composer’s attitude in its victory over fate and despair. This is a symphonic tour de force, and a fitting climax to the orchestra’s triumphant first season under music director Denis Mastromonaco.


The concerts are Saturday, May 24th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday May 25th at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for May 24th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for May 25th, call 905 787-8811 or go online at Tickets will also be available at the door of both venues.