Alin Cernaianu was born and raised in Drobeta Turnu Severin, a very old and historic town in Romania. He was attracted to the violin ever since he was little and, at age 9, started taking private lessons. For many years he played folk Romanian music and won prizes at many national and international competitions. It was only later, in high school, when Alin decided to study classical music.
He received his Bachelor of Music in violin performance from West University of Timisoara.
During his college years, Alin performed many solo and chamber music recitals and was employed for three years in a professional orchestra – National Opera House of Timisoara – rated one of the best opera houses in the country. Simultaneously, he was a substitute for the Banatul Symphony Orchestra in the same city. With both these orchestras Alin toured extensively in the Western European countries, having his first contact with other cultures.
The strong desire to further his musical career and to explore the world lead Alin to the United States in 2007. He came on a full scholarship to pursue his master's degree in violin performance, at Northern Illinois University, studying violin with Mathias Tacke, the second violinist of the world-renown Vermeer Quartet. Soon after, Alin was very fortunate to audition and to be accepted as a regular member of The Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He cites this as having been the greatest musical experience he had, playing with wonderful young musicians under some of the world’s leading conductors like Ricardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Miguel Harth- Bedoya and Larry Rachleff.
Alin has continuously taught violin since 2004 in both, Romania and then in the United States. In college, Alin had training in the theoretical and practical aspects of violin teaching, as part of the degree requirements. At Northern Illinois University, he took a Suzuki violin training course, which helped enlarge his teaching perspective and skills.
In addition to teaching at the DePaul Community Music Division, Alin teaches at the British Music School of Chicago and privately. He is a freelance violinist in the Chicago area. He also plays with Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra and has a violin-piano duo with his wife, Natalia. In his spare time, Alin enjoys swimming, traveling and going to CSO concerts at Symphony Center.