Selected Student Bios

Elissa Miller-Kay

Canadian pianist Elissa Miller-Kay has been recognized for her interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire, especially the music of Beethoven. 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. In August 2013, Elissa earned a Licentiate Diploma with First Class Honors from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada.

Elissa performs regularly in Canada and the United States. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with 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 (May 2014) and Grieg's Piano Concerto with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra (November 2014). Recitals include performances at Steinway Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bohemian National Hall in New York City; the Beethoven Club in Memphis; and Markham Theater in Markham, Ontario.

From September 2011 to June 2013, Elissa 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.  

Elissa earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree from Mannes College. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Piano Studies at New York University where she is researching the reception and performance history of Beethoven's piano sonatas.