Cornelius Zirbo began his musical studies at the age of 9, he graduated „Dinu Lipatti” National High school of Arts in Bucharest and now Cornelius is doing a Bachelor Programme at National University of Music Bucharest under Marin Cazacu. During 2016-2017, Cornelius studied in Paris at Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle of Gautier Capuçon held at Foundation Louis Vuitton.
Until now he had lessons with many famous cellists and pedagogues such as: Frans Helmerson, Gautier Capuçon, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Romain Garioud, Götz Teutsch, Alexander Buzlov, László Fenyő, Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Denis Severin and
In July 2018 he was selected as active student to Frans Helmerson’s masterclass in Montepulciano, Italy and in September 2016 he participated at Cello Masterclasses of Kronberg Academy in Germany.
He was awarded 1st prize at StreichWerk International String Competition, 2nd prize at International Competition “Concertino Praga” and 1st prize a International Competition “Young Virtuosos” (Sofia).
He performed as soloist with orchestra such as: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Academic Symphony Orchestra of Khmelnitsky Philarmonie, “Transilvania” State Philharmonic, The Royal Camerata and The National Youth Orchestra of The Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.
He performed in festivals such as: Verbier Festival, Enescu Festival, South Bohemian Festival, SoNoRo Festival and Chiemgauer Musikfrühling Festival and SuperCello Festival in Beijing.
Cornelius gave recitals and concerts in prestigious venues such as: Kozerthaus Berlin, Fondation Louis Vuitton Auditorium, Rudolfinum, Eglise de Verbier, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, National Library Concert Hall and The Grand Hall of Romanian Athenaeum