Alex McCartney’s career so far:
Lutenist Alex McCartney has a busy performing schedule which takes him to concert halls across the world.
He is a BBC Introducing artist and regularly performs on BBC Radio 3. He specialises in chamber music, performing recitalsand accompanying artists such as Iestyn Davies, Ensemble Libro Primo (Sabine Stoffer), Ensemble Marsyas (Peter Whelan), Monica Huggett, Bojan Cicic, Tabea Debus and Poeticall Musicke.
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. He went on to record 3 further albums Elizabeth's Lutes and Toccata: Touched; theorbo music by Kapsberger and Weiss in Nostalgia.
His latest recording with Swiss violinist Sabine Stoffer Fantasia Incantata, features 17th-century music in the Stylus Phantasticus, and has received rave reviews from The New Yorker and Early Music Reviews.
As a continuo player Alex's playing has been described as 'sinewy and sensuous, ornaments rarely exaggerated'. He holds principal positions in La Nuova Musica and Poeticall Musicke and performs regularly with UK-based Baroque orchestras and further afield.
Alex has acted as consultant and teacher for film and television productions, including the adaptation of ‘Wolf Hall’ by the BBC, in which he also had to teach the actors Damian Lewis and Max Fowler to play the lute to a professional standard! Alex is a life member of The Royal Society of Musicians. He teaches the lute at the University of Aberdeen and at home in Glasgow. He has also created an Online Lute Tutor to encourage the proliferation of lute playing and enthusiasm. In his spare time he enjoys making lutes and managing the Veterum Musica micro record label.
You can learn more about Alex here.