Whilst a student at the Royal College of Music under violinist and pedagogue Rodney Friend, Adrian founded La Serenissima with whom he has performed multiple recitals and concertos, and directed in an array of imaginative programmes at high-profile UK venues (from Bridgewater to Wigmore halls) and abroad for major festivals (from Belgium to Mexico) and prestigious concert series (from Denmark to Spain).
Adrian has driven La Serenissima’s ambitious and highly-acclaimed recording work, creating an extensive catalogue encompassing 15 albums of music by Albinoni, Caldara, Corelli, Legrenzi, Locatelli, Lotti, Montanari, Navarra, Pisendel, Porta, Sammartini, Tartini, Torelli, Valentini, Veracini, Vivaldi and Composer X. These recordings document Adrian’s unique editorial and research activities which make La Serenissima’s output so special, and have been widely praised through repeated award nominations, regular focus from specialist and broadsheet press, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, frequent rave reviews and two Gramophone Awards in the ‘Baroque Instrumental’ category (2010 and 2017).
Adrian’s trailblazing career has included directing six Vivaldi operas from the violin for La Serenissima in performances for organisations including Bath International Festival, Buxton Opera House, London’s Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music and Eilat Festival (Israel). In 2016 he gave a marathon of three full concert programmes (including 11 solo concertos) in 24 hours at the Valetta International Baroque Festival. He also curated the ensemble’s first ever residency The Grand Tour at St John’s Smith Square, London (during 2016/17) which explored a range of music from the Italian states and featured the modern-day premiere of Caldara’s Christmas Cantata Vò piangendo.
As guest soloist, Adrian has toured The Four Seasons with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and given performances of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas in Japan. 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. In 2020 he will make his debut directing Concerto Copenhagen in a series of concerts in Denmark.
Adrian was awarded a three year Arts and Humanities Research Council fellowship in 2006 at Southampton University to research the development of the North Italian violin concerto between 1690 and 1740. The culmination of this project was the release of La Serenissima’s third CD in the Rise of the North Italian Violin Concerto series. Adrian has since completed a two-year post as a Turner Sims Professor at the University of Southampton.
Our artists encompass a whole range of instrumentalists and singers, some of whom are pictured here. We work with musicians at all stages of their careers which enables us to create vital opportunities for younger artists to form part of a high-calibre team.