Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Alec Frank-Gemmill
BBT Fellowship 2014

Alec Frank-Gemmill - Biography

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill is recognised internationally for the exceptional breadth and depth of his music-making. Principal Horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he divides his time between concertos, recitals, chamber music and orchestral playing. A proponent of the historical natural horn as well as of the modern instrument, his repertoire stretches from the baroque era to the latest contemporary compositions.

Alec has appeared as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Sinfonietta Köln. He also regularly performs concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra – their recording of Weber’s Concertino on Linn met with great critical acclaim.

Artist in Residence at the 2013 Lammermuir Festival, Alec made his Wigmore Hall debut that same year. He has gone on to perform as a soloist in numerous festivals including Spitalfields, Ryedale, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and St. Magnus. Alec will return to Wigmore Hall three times 2015/16 – for a solo recital, as part of a trio, and with the period instrument group Ensemble Marsyas.

Having himself studied in Cambridge, London and Berlin, Alec was recently appointed Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship 2014 and is a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.

“A phenomenon with a tone of golden purity, wraparound warmth and ecstatic afterglow.Financial Times

“A stunning performance… Alec Frank-Gemmill made the instrument dart, wail and flutter as if those were normal things for a French horn to do.” The Herald

“I especially enjoyed Alec Frank-Gemmill’s cheeky handling of the runs and decorations in the Horn Concertino.Gramophone

Having a Fellowship is really exciting. I feel BBT has enabled my horn playing to go to new places. It’s not just a question of logistical or financial support with each project but also about their belief in me and what an artist can do. As such it is a wonderful gift; a liberating experience.

Photographs by Jen Owens, Andy Saunders