Cornelius Chiu joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Born to Chinese parents in Ithaca, New York, he began violin lessons at 6 years of age. His older brother Frederic is a successful concert pianist and recording artist, whom Cornelius collaborates with on a regular basis.
Chiu received bachelor's and master's degrees with high distinction as well as a performance certificate and fellowship from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Yuval Yaron. The many well-known artists with whom he has worked include Josef Silverstein, János Starker and Menahem Pressler, and he received special recognition from Isaac Stern following a performance for him. Chiu was a winner in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Indianapolis Young Musicians' Competition and the National Arts and Letters Competition. He has performed as soloist with the Indianapolis and Washington Chamber symphonies, and at the Kennedy Center.
An avid chamber musician, Chiu frequently appears on the CSO Chamber Music series, and he has performed at the Sarasota and Aspen music festivals and at the Recontres Musicales Festival and the Ensemble Villa Musica in France and Germany. He also was a participant in the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute for Young Artists.
Cornelius Chiu is a dedicated teacher and has had a private studio for more than 25 years. He teaches on the faculty of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music.
Cornelius and his wife Inah, a pianist on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago, have performed together as the Corinah Duo for many years on numerous concert series in Chicago.