Biography

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Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world, from Carnegie to Wigmore.

In 2015 Alex released his debut solo album Mèsangeau’s Experiments to critical acclaim: ‘McCartney’s interpretation of this reflective music is stylish and sublime.’ [LSA]. His next solo album Elizabeth’s Lutes is due March 2016 and features lesser-known music from the English Golden Age. Alex is a resident artist with his own record label Veterum Musica.

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, Alex 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 can be heard plucking away on recordings released by the following labels: Veterum Musica, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, and Linn.

Occasionally Alex consults and teaches for film and television productions, the most recent being an adaptation of ‘Wolf Hall’ by the BBC broadcast in January 2015. In addition to on-set consultancy, Alex had the challenge of teaching the actors Damian Lewis and Max Fowler to play the lute to a high standard in the short space of one month.

Alex teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and at the Early Music Shop in London.

In 2015, Alex authored his first book “Memory Methods:Music” which provides a practical, waffle-free approach to both general and musical mnemonic methods.

In his spare time Alex enjoys making lutes in his studio in Glasgow.