La Serenissima is the UK’s leading exponent of Italian baroque music.

Praised for its ‘all-too-rare ability to make one’s pulse race afresh with every new project’ (Gramophone), the group 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 by founder and violinist, Adrian Chandler OSI.

Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognised for its outstanding recording catalogue, which is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and international radio; as well as in worldwide advertising (Beats, 2022) and film (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2020). 
The group has twice won the Gramophone Award for ‘Baroque Instrumental’ for The French Connection (2010) and The Italian Job (2017). 
La Serenissima topped the UK Classical Chart in 2018 with album Vivaldi X2

The ensemble’s growing online following is evidenced by an average 100,000 monthly Spotify listeners; their recording of The Four Seasons has now surpassed 95 million streams. Latest album Forza Azzurri! (released November 2022) was featured on Italian Radio:24 – “No irony, simply the umpteenth demonstration of the love of Adrian Chandler, founder and director of the La Serenissima ensemble, for our country and for our music.”

The group creates digital outreach resources for primary school-aged children and opportunities for young professional instrumentalists from across globe via Emerging Artist Chairs.

La Serenissima has performed throughout the UK and internationally in concert series and festivals including MustonenFest (Estonia), Handel-Festspiele (Germany), Valletta International Baroque Festival (Malta) and International Cervantes Festival (Mexico). The group has given the UK premiere of Brescianello’s opera Tisbe (2018) and the modern premiere of Caldara’s opera Lucio Papirio Dittatore (2019). 

La Serenissima will be resident at London’s Wigmore Hall during 2024-2025.

La Serenissima is proud to have as its Honorary Patron, His Excellency The Ambassador of Italy to the UK. 

‘One of the most vibrant early music ensembles in Europe today.’
(John Gilhooly CBE, OSI, Wigmore Hall)

‘They really put the rock in to baroque’
(Classic FM)

CD: The Four Seasons
‘…an avant-garde approach that would have awed Hendrix’
(The Guardian)

CD: Vivaldi x2  
‘Flawlessly paced, expertly executed, spaciously recorded … La Serenissima’s youthful mojo shines brightly’
(BBC Music Magazine)

CD: The Godfather 
‘…nothing short of magnificent’
(Gramophone Magazine)

“The group La Serenissima, directed by violinist Adrian Chandler exudes the pulsing, frenetic energy that makes middle Baroque music rock.”  (

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