Cerovsek made his orchestral debut in 1981 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, he has been guest soloist with all major Canadian orchestras and many others in Canada; in the USA he performed with the New World Symphony as well as with the Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, and other orchestras. He made his European debut in 1987 in London and Bristol. Pursuing an international career, he performed under such celebrated conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Andrew Davis, and appeared with major orchestras in Austria, Australia, Berlin, Denmark, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Prague, and Spain. Cerovsek toured internationally as a recitalist, and was heard at Place des Arts, Washington's Kennedy Centre, the Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, and at festivals throughout North America, Europe and abroad. His sister Katja Cerovsek, a pianist (b Vienna 1 Oct 1969), remained his frequent recital partner and accompanist. About the Cerovseks' New York debut, Strings called the pair "Enormously talented, with unlimited virtuosity, a lovely, full-blooded sound, and uncanny rapport, they projected fiery temperament and exuberance with uninhibited abandon" (Sept 1996).
Although Cerovsek resided in the USA, he returned often to perform in Canada with the Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg symphonies, the NACO, and other orchestras.
With Katja, Cerovsek in 1987 recorded works by Vitali, Hubay, Sarasate, Kreisler, and several others on RCI 648, which also included Jean Coulthard's Sonata for piano, performed by Katja. His subsequent recorded output, all on the Delos label, included Corey Cerovsek Plays Wieniawski, in 1998 (with Katja; DE 3231); Mozart Adagios, in 1999 (DE 3243); and Russian Soul, in 1999 (with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, DE 3244).
An accomplished pianist himself, Cerovsek at times performed concerti on both the violin and the piano in the same recital. He was active in conferences on the interdisciplinary aspects of arts and mathematics.
Cerovsek was the recipient of the 1992 Virginia P. Moore Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. The Stradivari Society of Chicago lent him the 1742 "Wieniawski" and the 1735 "ex Sennhauser" Guarneri del Gesù violins (he also performed on an 1838 Pressenda instrument). The violinist was featured on the NBC Tonight Show, PBS television, and the David Frost Show.
Author Gilles Potvin, Betty Nygaard King
Shaw, Bill. 'Corey Cerovsek: the kid's a genius,' Montreal Gazette, 21 Dec 1985
Godfrey, Stephen. 'Teen wonder,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 27 Sep 1986
Whitfield, Eileen. 'Great expectations,' SatN, Dec 1986
Pfaff, Timothy. "Perfect Harmony," Strings, Dec 1997
Masterclass with Menuhin (Rhombus Media 1988)
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