Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world, from Carnegie to Wigmore.
Alex is a resident artist with his own record label Veterum Musica. In 2015 he released his debut solo album Mèsangeau’s Experiments to critical acclaim: ‘McCartney’s interpretation of this reflective music is stylish and sublime.’ [LSA]. His second solo album Elizabeth’s Lutes (released in June 2016) was similarly well received: ‘Alex McCartney’s playing is sensitive and musical, and the recording picks up the sound of the lute very well.’ [Early Music Review]. His next album Toccata:Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger is due to be released early 2017.
Alex is also a BBC Introducing artist and performs occasionally on BBC Radio 3.
Alex regularly performs as a soloist with artists such as Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Libro Primo (Sabine Stoffer), Ensemble Marsyas (Peter Whelan), Cupid and Death, and Poeticall Musicke. He has recently given solo recitals at York Early Music Festival 2015, Edinburgh University, and the UK Lute Society.
As a continuo player Alex’s playing has been described as ‘sinewy and sensuous, ornaments rarely exaggerated’ [Observer]. He holds principal positions in La Nuova Musica and Poeticall Musicke. He is also a regular guest principal for The Academy of Ancient Music. Aside from his main musical commitments, he also enjoys working regularly with artists such as Emma Kirkby, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists, Brecon Baroque (Podger), The Early Opera Company, The Royal Opera House, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Lutes and Ukes, and The Royal Ballet.
Alex is a life member of The Royal Society of Musicians.
Alex teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and at the Early Music Shop in London.
In his spare time he enjoys making lutes in his studio in Glasgow.