MM, Indiana University School of Music
About Cornelius Chiu
Cornelius Chiu, the son of Chinese immigrants, began his studies on the violin at the age of six. He graduated from Indiana University School of Music with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music with high distinction, where his teachers were Franco Gulli, Yuval Yaron, and the late pedagogue Josef Gingold. He also received a fellowship and a performer's certificate from the celebrated institution. Chiu has won, among others, the Irving Klein International String Competition and the National Arts and Letters Competition, and has been a soloist with the Washington Chamber Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He gave his debut at the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts in 1993, and became a first violinist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Since coming to Chicago he has been heard regularly in numerous venues, including the Music in the Loft Recital Series, the Chicago Chamber Series, and the Ravinia Festival. Having an interest in contemporary music, he has worked with composers Ricardo Lorenz and Augusta Read Thomas and has performed with the Cube Ensemble and the Grammy Award winning Pro Musica chamber group. Chiu comes from a musical family. His brother Frederic is a concertizing pianist and his wife Inah, also a pianist, is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago. With his wife he forms a duo that has performed throughout the United States. He is the proud father of three children.