Maestro Denis Mastromonaco is widely experienced in both symphonic and operatic conducting. He has held posts with organizations such as Royal Opera Canada, the National Academy Orchestra and the State University of New York, where he taught conducting. While in New York he also worked with the College Symphony, the Hillman Opera, Sinfonia and the Chamber Orchestra. He has been a regular guest conductor of the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Czech Republic, and has conducted various international ensembles, including the Camerata Strumetale di Prato, Orchestra dell’Accademia di San Giorgio, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Bethany College Choir.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Maestro Mastromonaco obtained a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York, attaining summa cum laude honours. With extensive international training, he also holds diplomas in conducting from the Wiener Konservatorium, the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. His work with distinguished conductors and orchestras include Salvador mas Conde, Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Hans Zender, Lothar Zagrosek, the Vancouver Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and the Vidin State Philharmonic, Bulgaria.
As an advocate for music in the community, Maestro Mastromonaco has been Music Director for numerous ensembles and has taught, adjudicated and served as clinician for schools, arts festivals and competitions all while promoting the importance of music in local communities. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Emme Contestabile Prize in Orchestral Conducting from Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the City of Vaughan 2005 Outstanding Citizen Award and in 2013 the Ontario Service Medal for contribution to the arts.
In addition to his position with Symphony on the Bay, Maestro Mastromonaco is also the Music Director for the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the York Symphony Orchestra, Opera York and the Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Denis was appointed Music Director of Burlington’s Symphony on the Bay in March, 2019, and will conduct our American Proms concert on May 12, 2019.