Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill

Principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music, and orchestral playing. 


    Alec Frank-Gemmill was artist in residence at the 2013 Lammermuir Festival and made his Wigmore Hall debut the same year. He has since gone on to perform as a soloist at numerous festivals including Spitalfields, Ryedale, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and St. Magnus. With his own orchestra, the SCO, he has performed concertos by Mozart with Richard Egarr, Ligeti and Strauss with Robin Ticciati, Schumann with John Eliot Gardiner, and MacMillan with Andrew Manze.

    Often invited as a guest principal horn, Frank-Gemmill has frequently appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist, he has long been keen to explore the solo repertoire of the Baroque era and to champion the use of instruments from the nineteenth century. A grant from Creative Scotland has also enabled Frank-Gemmill to develop his interest in historical performance. He appears regularly as part of period-instrument ensembles. He is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship.

    Frank-Gemmill is 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 Vlatkovi, and Marie-Luise Neunecker.