La Serenissima was formed in 1994 and is now established as one of the leading exponents of the music of Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporaries.
The group was established by violinist Adrian Chandler while he was still a student at the Royal Academy of Music. He has served as the group’s director since its creation and has performed numerous solo recitals and concerti in major festivals.
Taking its name from La Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia (Italian for The Most Serene Republic of Venice), the ensemble specializes in the music of Venetian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi (167-1741) and his contemporaries.
Works such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons form an important part of La Serenissima’s repertoire, but the ensemble also prides itself on bringing seldom-heard works to the concert platform, including Vivaldi’s operas Ottone in villa, Giustino, Tito Manlio, La Fida Ninfa, Catone in Utica and L’Olimpiade as well as a host of instrumental rarities, many of which have been committed to disc. Works by other composers feature too such as Albinoni’s Il nascimento dell’Aurora and sacred vocal works by Caldara.
La Serenissima has appeared at many of the UK’s leading venues and festivals including the Beverley, South Bank, and York Early Music Festivals, the Bath Bach, Bath International, Buxton, Cambridge Summer, Chelsea, Cheltenham, Lichfield and Warwick Festivals and St George’s Bristol, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall. The group has also appeared in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim.
Since its first CD release in 2003, La Serenissima has been applauded by publications including Gramophone Magazine, The Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine, Diapason, Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Independent, The Strad, Falstaff Magazine, La Stampa, Gaudisc, Goldberg Magazine and The Evening Standard for its performances on the Avie Label. Their eighth release – Vivaldi: The French Connection – was awarded the Gramophone Award for the Best Baroque Instrumental CD in October 2010 (following nominations in 2008 and 2009 for previous releases).
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