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Chandler, Adrian (conductor)
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Adrian Chandler (conductor)

Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised internationally as a leading interpreter of Italian baroque music. He was introduced to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the age of ten via a broadcast given by Iona Brown and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields: the experience resulted in a lifetime’s dedication to Italian baroque music. While still a student at London’s Royal College of Music, Adrian founded the ensemble La Serenissima which he has subsequently directed in multiple programmes at high-profile UK venues (from Bridgewater to Wigmore halls), and internationally for major festivals (from Belgium to Mexico) and prestigious concert series (from Denmark to Spain). Adrian has directed seven Vivaldi operas for La Serenissima, in Bath, Buxton, London, Venice and Eilat (Israel), and has directed UK premieres of Brescianello’s only opera Tisbe and Caldara’s masterpiece Lucio Papirio Dittatore for the Buxton International Festival.

As guest soloist, Adrian has toured with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and given performances of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas in Japan. As guest director, he has played Bach and Vivaldi with the Oslo Chamber Music Festival and toured with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. Adrian was awarded a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowship at Southampton University to research the development of the North Italian violin concerto between 1690 and 1740, and subsequently held a two-year post as a Turner Sims Professor at the University.

Adrian’s extensive discography with La Serenissima, which documents his unique editorial and research activities, features virtuoso sonatas by Albinoni, Pisendel and Vivaldi, Vivaldi concertos, arias, cantatas and sonatas, three discs charting the development of the North Italian violin concerto, and The Four Seasons. 'French Connection 2' was released in 2011 and was described by one critic as ‘an eye-opening ear-fl attering delight from start to finish’. 'Venice by Night', 'Vivaldi: A Tale of Two Seasons' and 'Vivaldi x2' have all featured in the Top 10 of the UK Classical Charts, with 'Vivaldi x2' spending several weeks at No 1. His recordings received Gramophone Award nominations in 2008, 2009 and 2012; the CDs 'Vivaldi: The French Connection' and 'The Italian Job' won Gramophone Awards in the Baroque Instrumental category in 2010 and 2017 respectively.


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