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Aliye Cornish


Aliye Cornish is a viola player specialising in historical performance, whose busy schedule of performing and recording takes her across the globe. She has been a member of John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists since 2009 and highlights include their tour and recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 2016, the Monteverdi Opera Trilogy tour last year across the US and Europe, and several appearances at the BBC Proms and Buckingham Palace. She also works regularly with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, and Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo. In 2018 she has been a part of ‘Vivaldi’s Four Seasons - A reimagining’ at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, performing in an arrangement of Max Richter’s ‘Four Seasons Recomposed’ for period ensemble.

Aliye grew up in Oxfordshire and benefitted hugely from the ensembles and opportunities offered by the County Music Service. She then studied the viola with Ivo van der Werff and Jonathan Barritt at the Royal College of Music, and was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study baroque viola with Jane Rogers. While at the Academy she won the Deutsche Bank Award in Performance, which assisted her in founding her own ensemble, the International Baroque Players.

Her plans for 2018 include working with the Irish Baroque Orchestra as guest principal viola, participating in John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Ring project in summer 2018 and a stint at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in December playing Verdi’s La Traviata with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. She is delighted to be presenting the JdP Cushion Concerts from Autumn 2018.

Last updated: Jul 2019