Cornel has been playing piano since he was seven years old.

He has played professionally at venues as eminent as Caffé Florian - the oldest Caffé in Europe opened in 1720, Saint Mark's Square, Venice, where he was house pianist for three years, Gran Caffe Chioggia and Gran Caffe Quadri, in Venice.

He has also played on the legendary train The Orient Express Venice-Simplon, travelling Europe, as well as Hotel Danieli, Venice, Cipriani HotelGritti Palace and many more.

He played in London at the Hilton Park Lane, the Renaissance Chancery Court HotelLe Merridien Piccadilly, and many more. His work has taken him to Vienna, Paris, Rome, Basel, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, etc. and he played for guests as eminent as :

Sir Elton John, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Pierce Brosnan , Al Bano, Nick

 Nolte , Oasis Band, Roman Abramovich, Quincy Jones , Akon, Nick Rhodes(Duran Duran) , Prince Albert of Monaco, Princess Al-Sabah of Kuwait, Jacques Chirac ,
and many others.

His band was also hired by the Versace family to play at a wedding and Cornel has also played at Saudi businessman billionaire Sheikh Walid Juffali's wedding in Venice.