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McCartney, Alex - Lutes, theorbos, and early guita
Style of ensemble Instrumental, Soloist

Biography

Period: 1500 -

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 M├Ęsangeau's Experiments to critical acclaim: 'McCartney's interpretation of this reflective music is stylish and sublime.' [LSA]. 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 rarelyexaggerated' [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 teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and at the Early Music Shop in London. In his spare time Alex enjoys making lutes in his studio in Glasgow.

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Main contact name
Alex McCartney

Postal address
3/1 528 Victoria Road, Glasgow, G42 8BG

Telephone Number
07516 322199

Email address
Alexmccartney@hotmail.co.uk

Website address
www.alexmccartney.co.uk

Other associated sites
http://twitter.com/alextheorbo