Monday, September 25, 2006

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Grant Cooper, will perform Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Violin Concerto and the Brahms Symphony No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at Fairmont State's Colebank Hall. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

Featured with the Orchestra will be violinist Corey Cerovsek. Born in 1972 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cerovsek began his studies at age 5. At 9, he won the grand prize over 3,000 other musicians in the Canadian Music Competition. 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 of Josef Gingold at Indian University's School of Music, from which he received bachelor's degrees in music and mathematics at age 15; master's in both at age 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at age 18.

His graceful mastery of the violin, thoughtful interpretations and dramatic stage presence have earned for him a loyal international following over the last 15 years. His stylistic flexibility and passionate enthusiasm have attracted the attention of conductors such as Mehta, Dutoit, Tilson Thomas, Järvi, Litton, Levi, Pinnock, Comissiona, Davis, Comet, Lopez-Cobos, Leppard, Venzago and Alsop.

He has performed in the United States with the orchestras of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Detroit, Cincinnati, St, Louis, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Baltimore, Colorado, Phoenix, San Diego, Denver, Kansas City and Utah, as well as with the New World Symphony, and internationally with the Israel Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Prague Symphony, National Symphony (Ireland), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest of the Hague, Berlin Symphony, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies (Australia), Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto Symphonies (Canada), Bournemouth Symphony, Sjaellands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Montpellier Festival Orchestra (France), among others.

On the television front, Cerovsek 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.

Cerovsek performs on the "Milanollo" Stradivarius of 1726, an instrument played, among others, by Christian Ferras, Giovanni Battista Viotti and Nicol' Paganini.