Adrian Chandler, baroque violin and artistic direction

Adrian Chandler

photo E. Richmond

Adrian Chandler is recognised as one of today’s leading interpreters of Italian baroque music.

He studied modern and baroque violin at the Royal College of Music with Rodney Friend and Catherine Mackintosh. Whilst a student at the RCM he founded the ensemble La Serenissima  with whom he has since performed numerous solo recitals and Vivaldi concerti in major festivals such as Spitafields, Chelsea, Southwark, Cheltenham, Lake District Summer Music, Lichfield, Bruges, South Bank Early Music Festival and York Early Music Festival, as well as in concert series in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

Adrian’s extensive recording catalogue with La Serenissima encompasses 14 albums featuring music by Albinoni, Legrenzi, Locatelli, Lotti, Montanari, Navarra, Pisendel, Porta, Valentini, Veracini, Sammartini, Tartini, Vivaldi and Composer X. His recordings have received Gramophone Award nominations in 2008, 2009 and 2012; in 2010, Vivaldi – The French Connection won the Gramophone Award in the ‘Baroque Instrumental’ category. His performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as well as beyond – for Radio Scotland, Dutch Radio, Radio 3 Belgium, Radio France, Danish Radio and on US and Japanese television.

His performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and beyond, for Radio Scotland, Dutch Radio, Radio 3 Belgium, Radio France, Danish Radio, Classic FM and Japanese TV. He has also toured The Four Seasons with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and given performances of Mozart and Beethoven violin sonatas in Japan.  Highlights include performances of Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade at festivals such as Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music (the UK’s modern and historical premiere), Bath International Festival (opening night), Buxton and at the Eilat Festival in Israel.  2013 sees him returning to Buxton for tercentenary performances of Vivaldi’s Ottone in villa and performances in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival as a guest soloist and director.

As guest director and soloist, highlights include playing Bach and Vivaldi in the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and touring The Four Seasons with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Adrian has directed two Vivaldi operas L’Olympiade and Ottone in villa from the violin for various organisations including Bath International Festival, Buxton Opera House, London’s Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and for the Eilat Festival, Israel. Notable performances with La Serenissima in 2016 included a marathon of three full concert programmes (including 11 solo concertos) in 24 hours at the Valetta International Baroque Festival and the culmination of The Four Seasons UK tour at venues including The Sage Gateshead, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre. During 2016/17 Adrian curated La Serenissima’s first ever residency, The Grand Tour, at St John’s Smith Square which explored a range of baroque music from the Italian states including a modern day premiere of Caldara’s Christmas Cantata and other rarely-performed gems.

Adrian was awarded a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) fellowship in 2006 at Southampton University in order to research the development of the North Italian violin concerto between 1690 and 1740.  The culmination of this project was the release of the third CD of the North Italian Violin Concerto series. Adrian has since been appointed as a Turner Sims Professor at the University of Southampton.

La Serenissima, photo R. Alchaide