Adelina Oprean was born and grew up in Romania, where she first studied the violin with Stefan Gheorghiu. Having won competitions in Leipzig and Belgrade, she received the permission necessary at the time to go abroad to represent her country at competitions in Colmar and Geneva.

On winning the 1st prize at the Carl Flesch International Competition in London in 1982 she attracted the attention of the professional music world. She remained in Switzerland and began her concert career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has played in most European countries as well as in America and Asia and has made numerous CD recordings. Her performances have been featured in radio broadcasts and on television.

Following her studies with Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy and Sandor Vègh she taught at the Menuhin Academy in Gstaad from 1982-86. In 1985 she was appointed professor of violin at the Music Academy Basel where she has, in the past three decades, successfully taught many generations of students, instilling them with the spirit of her great models.

As a soloist, she has played with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Lysy, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the European Community Chamber Orchestra. Futhermore, she is a permanent member of the ARIA Ensemble, to which she has belonged since 1997.

Adelina Oprean plays an instrument made by Lorenzo Storioni.