Biography

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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 latest album Toccata:Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger was released January 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.

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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 at home in Glasgow, he has also created an Online Lute Tutor which has over 150 subscribers.

In his spare time he enjoys making lutes.