Aliye Cornish 

Chief Executive Officer

Aliye Cornish is no stranger to the IBO, having appeared as a guest Principal Viola with the group before taking up the post of General Manager in July 2019. She has extensive experience both in arts management and performance, and in May 2019 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for making a significant contribution to the music profession. 


Aliye studied viola and baroque viola at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where she held a scholarship in the Historical Performance department. During her time at the Royal Academy she was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award to found her own orchestra, and received a grant and extensive mentoring to support this aim. She was selected as a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2007 and 2008, with whom she toured and recorded extensively. This experience shaped her path into the profession. She is also an alumnus of the Young Artists schemes run by the Britten-Pears Programme, and the World Youth Orchestra. 


As a management professional, Aliye has worked as General Manager for the International Baroque Players and Administrator for Instruments of Time and Truth. During her time at Instruments of Time and Truth she developed and fully funded a scheme to make historical performance accessible and relevant to school children across Oxfordshire, through the ‘IT&T InSpires’ scheme, run in partnership with the Oxfordshire County Music Service. She also developed an implemented an ambitious fund-raising scheme to celebrate the orchestra’s Fifth Anniversary, which raised twice the target amount.  A passion for fundraising and education is at the heart of her work, which is also evidenced by her work as a fundraiser for the Oxford Bach Soloists’ ‘Choral Scholarships’. 

Aliye maintains a freelance playing career alongside her commitments to IBO, and regularly plays with the English Baroque Soloists, Arcangelo, the Dunedin Consort, Le Cercle de L’Harmonie and Instruments of Time and Truth. She has performed at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Theatre Champs-Elysees and the Festival d’Aix en Provence and toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA. As a member of the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner she has participated in several award-winning projects such as the Monteverdi 450 Opera Trilogy tour, and the St Matthew Passion tour and recording, as well as several Bach cantata projects. 


She maintained a teaching practice for many years and held posts at Oxford High School, Bruern Abbey School and St Clare’s Oxford, teaching violin, viola and music theory. She also has experience of teaching classroom music, GCSE and A Level, and has worked with students at Oxford University and York University on period instruments.


Aliye works as a mentor for the Musicians Union UK in their scheme for women in the music industry and also sits on the committee for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She was an active anti-Brexit campaigner in the UK acting as an activist and spokesperson on behalf of working musicians both for the People’s Vote campaign and the EU Flag movement at the BBC Proms. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, Euronews and the New European among others. She is an enthusiastic runner, an avid reader, a friend to all cats and a terrible driver.