La Serenissima is the UK’s leading exponent of the music of eighteenth-century Venice. Praised for its ‘all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone), La Serenissima has uncovered a plethora of neglected music, making it available to all through live performance, recording and outreach. Uniquely, the group’s entire repertoire is edited from source material.
Founded in 1994 by violinist Adrian Chandler, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; advertising (Versace, 2018) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). The group has won two Gramophone Awards: for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017); in 2018 Vivaldi X2 topped the UK Classical Chart. Latest album Behind Closed Doors attracted a double five-star review in BBC Music Magazine for the music of neglected composer Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello.
La Serenissima performs across the UK and internationally. It has given the first UK performance of Brescianello’s opera Tisbe (2018) and the modern premiere of Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore (2019). La Serenissima played for Beverley Early Music, Cheltenham International and Chipping Campden festivals and at venues The Apex (Bury St Edmunds), Saffron Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre and Wigmore Hall during 2021; it also made its debut at Longborough Festival Opera performing in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
La Serenissima is proud to have as its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Italian Ambassador to the UK.