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Corey Cerovsek

  • Violinist


Corey Cerovsek: His Corigliano Violin Sonata, with Andrew Russo on the Black Box label, was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award. Corey Cerovsek Plays Wieniawski, made with pianist Katja Cerovsek for the Delos label, also received much critical acclaim. Other recordings have been released on the Delos, Black Box, Aguavá New Music Studio, and Cala Records labels. Working with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, Yoel Levi, and Jesús Lopez-Cobos, Cerovsek has performed in North America with the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Montréal, Vancouver, and Toronto, among many others, and internationally with such groups as the Israel Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Prague Symphony, National Symphony (Ireland), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Berlin Symphony, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphonies (Australia), Bournemouth Symphony, Sjaellands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Poitou-Charentes and Montpellier Festival Orchestra (France).

He has toured in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan, China, Austria, the Netherlands, and Spain. Upcoming appearances include the San Diego Symphony, the Berg Chamber Concerto with the Isabella Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra and returns to the Calgary Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. In recital, Cerovsek has performed throughout the world, including frequently at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington), Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre and the Frick Collection (New York), the Place des Arts (Montréal), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), Wigmore Hall (London), Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall (Istanbul), the Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), and l’Espace Gianadda (Martigny). He is also an avid chamber musician, regularly appearing at the festivals of Verbier (Switzerland), Kuhmo (Finland) and Tanglewood (USA).

In July of 2006 Corey Cerovsek returned to the Verbier Festival as well as to the Montreal Symphony performing the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the orchestra at the Festival International de Lanaudière in Joliet, Québec, Canada. He also made his debut with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood performing Bach’s E Major Concerto. In the fall of 2006, Corey Cerovsek performed Paganini’s 1st Concerto with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland, and returned to the Edmonton Symphony and also for a third year in a row to the Vancouver Symphony where he played and conducted the orchestra in performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The 06-07 season also included returns to the Syracuse and West Virginia Symphonies and performances with the Louisville Orchestra and a return to Boston’s Isabella Gardner Museum in recital. 07-08 includes returns to the Québec and Calgary orchestras as well as a return to the Isabella Gardner Museum where he performs the Berg Chamber Orchestra with Douglas Boyd conducting the Museum Chamber Orchestra. On the television front, Corey has been featured twice on NBC’s Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, on the David Frost Show in England, on the PBS special Musical Encounters and on CBS’s Sunday Morning.

His recording Corey Cerovsek Plays Wieniawski, made with pianist Katja Cerovsek for the Delos label, received critical acclaim. Additional releases on the Delos label include Mozart Adagios and Russian Soul, both with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Born in 1972 in Vancouver, Canada, and now residing in Paris, Corey Cerovsek began playing the violin at the age of five. After early studies with Charmian Gadd and Richard Goldner he graduated at age 12 from the University of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music with a gold medal for the highest marks in strings. That same year, he was accepted by Josef Gingold as a student and enrolled at Indiana University, where he received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and music at age 15, masters in both at 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at age 18. Concurrently he studied piano with Enrica Cavallo, until 1997 frequently appearing in concert performing on both instruments. Corey Cerovsek performs on the “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728, an instrument played, among others, by Christian Ferras, Giovanni Battista Viotti, and Nicolò Paganini.