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Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill is recognised internationally for the exceptional breadth and depth of his music-making. Principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. He was artist-in-residence at the 2013 Lammermuir Festival and made his Wigmore Hall début that same year. He has since gone on to perform as a soloist at numerous festivals including Spitalfields, Ryedale, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and St Magnus.

He was a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2014 until 2016, appearing as soloist with the BBC orchestras on numerous occasions, including performances of rarely heard repertoire by Ethel Smyth, Malcolm Arnold and Charles Koechlin. With his own orchestra, the SCO, he has performed concertos by Mozart (on the natural horn) with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner and MacMillan with Andrew Manze.

A grant from Creative Scotland has enabled him to develop his interest in historical performance. He has long championed the solo repertoire of the baroque era and the use of instruments from the 19th century. Often invited as a guest principal horn, Alec Frank-Gemmill has frequently appeared with the Royal Concert gebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He also appears regularly as part of period-instrument ensembles, most notably with Ensemble Marsyas.

Alec Frank-Gemmill was recently appointed professor of horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having himself studied in Cambridge, London and Berlin with teachers including Hugh Seenan, Radovan Vlatković and Marie-Luise Neunecker. He is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, which made this recording possible.

For further information please visit Alec Frank-Gemmill's website.

Before Mozart - early horn concertos
A noble and melancholy instrument
Historic horns and pianos
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