Adrian Levine studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his teachers included Gyorgy Pauk, Sidney Griller and Emanuel Hurwitz. At the age of 24 he was appointed the youngest ever first violinist in the English Chamber Orchestra, working closely with such artists as Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zuckerman and Isaac Stern. After three years with the ECO, touring widely to such places as Hong Kong, the Caribbean, Europe and the USA, he left to become leader of the Amphion String Quartet, accepting a residency at the University of Liverpool, touring Europe, the Far East and the USA and making many broadcasts for the BBC.
In 1985 he was invited by Iona Brown to share the front desk of the Academy of St Martin-in-the Fields with her. 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, but left in 1992 to accept a five year post as Leader of the Opera House of Rome, at the invitation of Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Since returning to work in England, Adrian Levine has become 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 since 2002 has taught and performed at the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine. He was Head of Strings at London's Centre for Young Musicians until 2004 , and is now on the staff at Chetham’s where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music, and is a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London.