Aliye Cornish 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. She 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. She is also an alumna of the Young Artists schemes run by the Britten-Pears Programme, and the World Youth Orchestra. 

As a baroque viola specialist she has regularly performed with the English Baroque Soloists, Arcangelo, the Dunedin Consort, Le Cercle de L’Harmonie and Instruments of Time and Truth. She has played 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. 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.  


In April 2022 she was elected to the Board of Directors for REMA, the European Early Music Network, marking the first time that an Irish organisation has been represented at this level in the European early music community.