Dr. Elissa Miller-Kay
Award-winning Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay performs regularly in Canada and the United States. 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. Recent engagements include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the York Symphony Orchestra (May 2014) and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (November 2014). 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; and the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.
In 2009, Elissa was the first prize winner of the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition in Memphis, TN. 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 where she studied with Peter Takács. She completed a four year Honours degree in three years. Upon completion of her studies, Elissa was elected to the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society. She went on to earn a Master of Music at Mannes College in New York City, where she studied with Victor Rosenbaum.
In 2016, Elissa earned a Ph.D. in Piano Studies from New York University. She was the recipient of the Dorothy Morse Scholarship and a Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship. She also holds a Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance (First Class Honors) from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.
Elissa has formerly served on the faculty of the New School for Music Study, a division of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy in Kingston, New Jersey and as the the head of the piano department at the Naissance Academy of Music in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2016, she joined the faculty of the Princess Galyani Vadnana Institute of Music in Bangkok, Thailand.