Our Concertmaster

Emily Cornelius joined the orchestra in 2011. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, and performs as a member of the Canton Symphony, the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, the Opera Cleveland Orchestra, and the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado. Emily has served as concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra, the prestigious New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and as acting concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. A native of Virginia, she made her solo debut at age 15, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Richmond Symphony. The Washington Post lauded her as “a violinist beyond her years”, and the Richmond Times Dispatch reviewed her performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the Richmond Symphony as “nothing short of brilliant”. Emily’s recent solo appearances with the Canton Symphony were reviewed as “riveting”, and “delivered with astonishing grace and virtuosity”.

2015 marks Emily’s eighth year as a resident of Shaker Heights where she maintains a large teaching studio. She enjoys all things Cleveland (including its winters), and is particularly enamored with the area’s many metroparks, its lively arts scene, and the incredible variety of ethnic foods. When not playing or teaching the violin, Emily can be found reading, bonding with dogs, hiking, baking, or climbing Colorado’s famous “14ers”.