Best known as the leader of the historical performance group La Serenissima, Baroque violinist Adrian Chandler has also performed with many other ensembles. He combines a scholarly approach with an edgy virtuosity that, in the words of the Guardian newspaper, "would have awed Hendrix."
Chandler was born in England's Merseyside region near Liverpool in 1974. At the age of ten, he heard Baroque violinist Iona Brown performing the Vivaldi Four Seasons violin concertos, and his choice of career was set. Chandler attended the Royal College of Music in London, studying violin with Rodney Friend. While still a student there, he founded La Serenissima, often performing concertos and conducting the group. La Serenissima went on to become one of Britain's top early music groups, maintaining a busy schedule at British venues, including Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall. In 2016 and 2017, the group held a residence at St. John’s Smith Square Church. He has led La Serenissima from the violin in performances of six Vivaldi operas, and his performances have emphasized the music of that composer. Chandler has also performed as a soloist with many other groups, including the Avison Ensemble, Musicians of the Globe, and the New London Consort. Chandler also performs on a modern violin, playing sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven in Japan. His schedule for 2020 included a stint directing the ensemble Concerto Copenhagen.
Chandler earned a three-year fellowship at Southampton University to study the development of the North Italian violin concerto from 1690 to 1740. The fruits of his research were audible on The Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto, Vols. 1, 2, and 3, released from 2006-2008 on the Avie label. Chandler has recorded mostly for that label but moved to Signum Classics in 2019 for the album The Godfather: Masters of the German & Italian Baroque. He followed that up in 2020 with Extra Time, an album of unusual concertos by Vivaldi, Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello, Nicola Matteis, and others.