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 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.

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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 in Glasgow

In his spare time he enjoys making lutes.