Principal Horn of
the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Alec Frank-Gemmill 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 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.
Alec was a member of
the BBC New Generation Artists scheme 2014-16, 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.
Often invited as a
guest principal horn, Alec 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 19th century. A grant from Creative Scotland
has also enabled Alec to develop his interest in historical performance. He
appears regularly as part of period-instrument ensembles, most notably with
Ensemble Marsyas. He is also the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship and
in early 2017 released a recording of 19th Century works for horn and piano
with Alasdair Beatson on the BIS label.
Alec 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.