Born in Vancouver, Canada, 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 as a student by Josef Gingold and enrolled at Indiana University, where he received bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and music at age 15, master’s degrees in both at 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at age 18. Concurrently he studied piano with Enrica Cavallo, frequently appearing in concert performing on both instruments.
Working with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neeme Järvi, Andrew Litton, Yoel Levi, and Jesús López-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, Prague Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Berlin Symphony, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphonies, Bournemouth Symphony, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Poitou-Charentes and the Montpellier Festival Orchestra (France).
In recital, he has performed throughout the world, including frequently at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre and the Frick Collection (New York), the Place des Arts (Montréal), the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra “Debut Series,” Wigmore Hall (London) and the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Salle Gaveau (Paris). He is also an avid chamber musician, regularly appearing at the festivals of Kuhmo (Finland), Verbier (Switzerland), Tanglewood (USA), Divonne (France), and Stavanger (Norway), as well as the Spoleto Festivals (USA and Italy). Chamber music partners include Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Thomas Quasthoff, Joshua Bell, Julien Quentin, Jeremy Denk, Leonidas Kavakos, Eric Le Sage, Denis Pascal, Alexandre Tharaud, Paul Meyer, Truls Mørk, Tabea Zimmermann, Katia Skanavi, Isabelle Van Keulen, Leif Ove Andsnes, and the Borromeo, Ysaÿe and Diotima Quartets.
His recording of the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas, made in 2006 with pianist Paavali Jumppanen for the Claves label, received numerous awards including the 2008 MIDEM Classical Music Award for Best Chamber Music, Gramophone Recommends, and recognition from Le Monde de la Musique, Diapason, Supersonic Pizzicato, and Fono Forum Stern des Monats. It was followed in 2008 by a much-acclaimed recording of works of Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under Hannu Lintu. His Corigliano Violin Sonata, with Andrew Russo on the Black Box label, was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.
Corey Cerovsek performs on the “Milanollo” Stradivarius of 1728, played among others by Viotti, Paganini, and Christian Ferras. He is also cofounder and CTO of a technology company specializing in medical education.