Alec Frank-Gemmill - horn
Horn player 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. A proponent of the historical natural horn as well as of the modern instrument, his repertoire stretches from the baroque era to the latest contemporary compositions.
Alec has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Sinfonietta Köln. He also regularly performs concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra – their recording of Weber’s Concertino on Linn met with great critical acclaim.
Artist in Residence at the 2013 Lammermuir Festival, Alec made his Wigmore Hall debut that same year. He has gone on to perform as a soloist in numerous festivals including Spitalfields, Ryedale, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and St. Magnus. Alec appears at the Wigmore Hall again three times this season - for a solo recital, as part of a trio, and with the period instrument group Ensemble Marsyas.
Having himself studied in Cambridge, London and Berlin, Alec was recently appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship 2014 and is a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.
'A phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wraparound warmth and ecstatic afterglow.' Financial Times
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CD of the Week: '...absolutely jumps out of the speakers for the vitality of the performances and the audiophile sound.'more >>Fanfare
'The Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists' performances of these works are superb in every way.'more >>Limelight
Editor’s Choice: 'Classical charm and grace...it's the fine performances that make this recording stand out.'more >>American Record Review
'The concert is well played, full of the elegance, wit, and zest that conjures the mystique of a bygone era. Fingers are easy and effortless, articulated passages sparkle, and teamwork is generally excellent.'more >>Early Music Today
'Bassoonist Peter Whelan is outstanding, although the whole group plays with uncanny rapport, turning Fasch's smart blends of instrumental timbres, baroque and galant styles, elegant Largos and frisky, virtuosic Allegros, into a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure.'more >>The Guardian
'These performances pick up on every morsel of wit and ingenuity in the wind writing, and never forget that the purpose of this music was to entertain.'more >>The Guardian
'...the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto...'more >>Irish Times
'...you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing.'more >>ClassicFM
'It's a lively listen, guaranteed to brighten up any afternoon and put a smile on your face.'more >>SA-CD.net
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