Established in 1994, La Serenissima is recognised as the UK’s most dynamic voice of Italian baroque music. Hailed by The Guardian as ‘presenting an avant-garde approach that would have awed Hendrix’, La Serenissima has become synonymous with virtuosity, dynamism and accessibility, uncovering a plethora of new repertoire and making it available to all through live performance, high calibre recording and outreach work. Uniquely, its entire repertoire is edited from manuscript or contemporary sources.
La Serenissima has been universally applauded for its performances on the Avie Label, receiving regular award nominations, frequent rankings in the Top 10 of the UK Specialist Classical Chart and featuring as ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘Concerto Choice’ (Gramophone Magazine), ‘Disc of the Month’ (BBC Music Magazine), as Classic FM’s ‘Drive Discovery’ and on BBC Radio 3 programmes ‘Building a Library’ and ‘Record Review’. The group’s hotly-anticipated recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Manchester version) received numerous accolades and was ranked among the Top 3 choices in Radio 3’s Building a Library (which covered a discography beginning in the 1940s). In 2010, the group was awarded the Gramophone Award in the ‘Baroque Instrumental’ category for Vivaldi: The French Connection. Their latest release The Italian Job has been announced in the Shortlist for the 2017 Gramophone Awards.
La Serenissima has championed a host of neglected works by composers ranging from Dall’Abaco to Composer X and has also brought to life Vivaldi’s operas Catone in Utica, Giustino, La Fida Ninfa, L’Olimpiade, Ottone in villa and Tito Manlio. The ensemble has appeared at most of the UK’s leading festivals (from Bath Bach to York Early Music) and venues (from Bridgewater to Wigmore halls), it gave its first residency in London’s St John’s Smith Square during 2016-17 and has performed in Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mexico and Spain to great acclaim. La Serenissima is proud to announce His Excellency The Italian Ambassador as the group’s Honorary Patron. www.laserenissima.co.uk