Born in London of Russian-Polish descent, Adrian Levine was a student of André Mangeot, then won a Junior Exhibition to the RCM. He later studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his teachers included György Pauk, Sidney Griller and Emanuel Hurwitz. Later study followed with members of the Amadeus Quartet for chamber music, a special study of the Janacek Quartets with the Janacek Quartet, and further violin studies with Henryk Szerying.
At the age of 24 he was appointed a first violinist in the English Chamber Orchestra, touring widely to such places as the Caribbean, Europe and the USA. After three years he left to become Leader of the Amphion String Quartet, taking residencies first at the Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) then at the University of Liverpool. With the Quartet he toured Europe, the Far East and the USA and made many broadcasts for the BBC. During this period he also toured Korea and Hong Kong for the British Council.
In 1985 he was invited by Iona Brown to share with her the front desk of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields. In his five years with the Academy he frequently appeared as soloist, leader and director, making many recordings and performing in the USA, Australia, Japan, Korea, Scandinavia and nearly every European country. In 1990 he was invited to become Associate Leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, where he led many international tours and concerts, including the famous ‘Pavarotti in the Park’ open-air concert in London’s Hyde Park. In 1992 he left the Philharmonia to accept a five year post as Leader of the Opera House of Rome at the invitation of Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Adrian Levine has worked as Guest Leader with such orchestras as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Ballet, BBC Welsh and Welsh National Opera. In addition, he is much in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach. He was for four years on the faculty at the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, USA, and has, since 2002, taught and performed at the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine. He was until 2004 Head of Strings at London’s Centre for Young Musicians, and is now on the staff at the Royal College of Music and at Chetham’s School, Manchester, where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He plays a Petrus Guarneri violin made in Venice, c1740.
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