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Borletti-Buitoni Trust

"His unforced, richly responsive playing bloomed magically in the generous acoustics, matched by the touching sincerity of his performance" (Daily Telegraph). At 28 years old, Alec Frank-Gemmill is already considered one of the foremost exponents of the horn as a solo instrument. Described by the Financial Times as "a phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wrap around warmth and ecstatic afterglow", he has performed concertos on BBC Radio 3, Deutschlandradio and Arte TV. As well as being Principal Horn with Scottish Chamber Orchestra (his recording of Weber's Concertino with them was met with great critical acclaim), he pursues a busy career as soloist and chamber musician, including a recent Wigmore recital with the Brahms Trio and  Artist in Residence at the Lammermuir Festival 2013. Alec is one of only a few musicians to have mastered both modern and period horns and is entirely at home in repertoire from the baroque through to the 21st Century. Featured soloist at this year's British Horn Society Festival, he was invited to give his first lecture recital was also recently appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alec is also an emerging force in the field of contemporary music; in a performance of Ligeti’s Hamburg Concerto he  was described as an outstanding soloist (Observer) and a player of breathtaking precision (Scotsman).  He studied in Cambridge, London and Berlin and was awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2014.

Photographs by Nick Callaghan, Andy Saunders