Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world..
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 performs as a soloist with artists such as Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Libro Primo (Sabine Stoffer), Ensemble Marsyas (Peter Whelan), The Gabrieli Consort, Cupid and Death, and Poeticall Musicke.
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 and is delighted to perform regularly with all the other UK-based baroque orchestras.
Alex is a life member of The Royal Society of Musicians.
Alex teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and in Glasgow
In his spare time he enjoys making lutes.