Half-German, half-English, Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) grew up in the United Kingdom and studied in Cambridge and Berlin. As a member of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme, Frank-Gemmill became known for his mastery of a wide repertoire. With the support of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust he has released three albums on the BIS label, in addition to award-winning recordings of works by Weber and Strauss (with Ticciati) for Linn Records.

Recent and forthcoming concerto appearances include Oliver Knussen’s concerto with Finnegan Downie Dear and James MacMillan’s Concertino (which Frank-Gemmill premiered) conducted by the composer. But Frank-Gemmill’s repertoire is far from limited to contemporary music: in May he will record the Mozart concertos, including his own arrangement to provide the missing slow movement of Concerto No. 1 KV 412.

Alec Frank-Gemmill was principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for ten years and took up the same position with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 2019. Alongside his solo and orchestral playing, Frank-Gemmill has become the go-to horn player for numerous chamber music festivals. A regular at London’s Wigmore Hall, he has performed in trios with the likes of Kit Armstrong, Pekka Kuusisto and Anthony Marwood. He is a member of the “wind super-group” Orsino. He is also highly active in the early music scene, one of the few horn players to feel equally at home on both the modern instrument and the valveless natural horn.

Besides horn-playing, Frank-Gemmill more and more appears as a conductor. He is the founder and director of Odin Ensemble (www.odinensemble.com) – a group performing on instruments from the early 20th century.