Canadian pianist Dr. Elissa Miller-Kay has performed in Canada, the United States, and Thailand. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Mississauga Symphony, the Oakville Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, the York Symphony, and the Greater Toronto Philharmonic. Recital engagements include performances at Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bohemian National Hall in New York City; the Beethoven Club in Memphis; Markham Theater in Markham, Ontario; the Goethe Institute and Siam Rachada Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009, Elissa was the first prize winner of the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, TN.
In addition to performance, Elissa is a passionate educator. She is currently on faculty at the Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music in Bangkok, Thailand where she lectures in Piano Performance and Musicology. Elissa has previously taught at the New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey and at New York University, where she was an adjunct instructor of piano and keyboard harmony.
Elissa holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin College (Bachelor of Music, 2006), Mannes College (Master of Music, 2008), and New York University (PhD, 2016). Her dissertation examined the reception and performance history of Beethoven's piano sonatas in London, 1800-1880. Elissa also holds a Licentiate Diploma with First Class Honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.
In addition to music, Elissa has a passion for science and mathematics. Prior to attending Oberlin, she studied biochemistry at the University of Toronto. She was a National Biology Scholar in the University of Toronto National Biology Competition. She was a Dean’s List Scholar and was the recipient of the Gollop Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry.