Stan Kornel began his violin studies with Josette Esquidin-Morgan and then Ernest Llewelyn at the Canberra School of Music. From 1969 to 1983 he studied at the Bydgoszcz Conservatorium of Music and later at the Academy of Music in Lódz (Poland) where he received his Masters Degree and Diploma with Distinction, studying with Zenon Ploszaj.
During his early studies he obtained a bronze medal in the Henryk Wieniawski International Young Violinist competition and placed second in the Pomerania Violin Competition. He formed a student chamber orchestra and held leading positions with the Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Torun Chamber Orchestra, and the TV/Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lódz.
From 1983 to1985, he was a senior lecturer at the Torun Conservatorium of Music before moving to Italy, where he worked at La Scala, the Verona Amphitheatre Summer Festival and Teatro la Fenice in Venice. He also formed two string quartets and performed Vivaldi concertos at the Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice.
In 1987 he returned to Australia where he worked with a number of Sydney based orchestras before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1988.
Stan Kornel has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and other Sydney institutions, as well as tutoring youth orchestras and giving masterclasses. He has performed with the Sydney Bach Ensemble, Bicentenary Trio, Gallery Players Ensemble and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, given recitals in Canberra and Sydney, and recorded music by Dulcie Holland, Derek Strahan and Alan Holley.
Stan Kornel studied baroque violin and viola d'amore with Catherine MacIntosh and Sigiswald Kuijken. In 1996 he founded The Sydney Consort, an early music ensemble with which he has toured extensively and recorded five CDs.