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Corey Cerovsek
violin

Biography

Corey Cerovsek has performed to constant acclaim with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, Yoel Levi, and Jesús Lopez-Cobos.  His North American performances have included those with the orchestras of Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Montreal, 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, Brazil and Spain. 

In recital, Mr. Cerovsek has performed throughout the world, including 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).  

His 2008 Claves label recording of the Wienawski 2nd Violin Concerto and  Vieuxtemp’s 5th Concerto with Lausanne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu was received with great acclaim.  This recording followed the 2006 release on Claves of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano of Beethoven with pianist Paavali Jumppanen, which received numerous awards, including Gramophone Recommends, 5 Diapasons, 4 stars from Le Monde de la Musique, Supersonic Pizzicato, and Fono Forum Stern des Monats, and the Miderm Award for best chamber music recording for 2008.  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.

Mr. Cerovsek’s 2010-11 season includes return engagements at the New West Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, and Syracuse Symphony; and recitals for Chamber Music San Francisco, Jacksonville’s prestigious Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts.  

In the summer of 2009, Mr. Cerovsek returned to the Festival International de Lanaudiere performing the Korngold Concerto with the Montreal Symphony under the direction of Julian Kuerti.  In North America in 2009-10 he returned to the Indianapolis Symphony to perform the Stravinsky Concerto with Hannu Lintu conducting. 

He 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.

Born in 1972 in Vancouver, Canada, and now residing in Paris, 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.

Critical Acclaim

Los Angeles Times
By John Henken


"Soloist Corey Cerovsek offered another model of expressive nuance in Barber's Violin Concerto, handsomely accompanied by Diemecke. Cerovsek played with precision and eloquence, pure in tone and sure in motivation. In encore he delivered a dazzling account of Kreisler's Recitative and Scherzo."

Des Moines Register
By Robert C. Fuller


"No stranger to Des Moines' concert-goers, Cerovsek plays with radiant tone and supreme technical mastery, able to convey both the profundity and singing beauty of this deeply lyrical Beethoven masterpiece [Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61]."

New York Times
DAVID MERMELSTEIN


"Not every 26-year-old fiddler can imbue Henryk Wieniawski’s thrilling violin pieces with the authority Corey Cerovsek manages. Mr. Cerovsek, a Canadian, tackles eight of the best known miniatures with a virtuoso’s sang-froid, investing each with technical precision and warmth."


      

      

      

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