Born in South Africa, Albert Horne
studied conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London under Maestra Sian Edwards, where he was awarded a Masters Degree with distinction in 2007. From 2007-2014 he worked as Chorus Master and Conductor for Cape Town Opera in South Africa, and under his leadership their chorus was voted “Best Opera Chorus of the Year” by an international panel of judges at the 2013 International Opera Awards in London. In 2012 he was Chorus Master for concert performances of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Philharmonie in Berlin, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In addition to working with all of South Africa’s leading orchestras, he has also undertaken frequent international tours, where he guest conducted, amongst others, the Münchner Symphoniker, Orchestre Pasdeloup in Paris, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, as well as the Malmö Opera Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion in Tel Aviv, the Welsh National Opera Orchestra in Cardiff and the Hessian State Orchestra in Wiesbaden.
Since the start of the 2014/2015 season, Albert Horne has been Chorus Master and Conductor at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Germany, where he conducted a new production of Bernstein’s Candide and the revival of John Dew’s acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly. During their 2016/2017 Season he will conduct a new production of Britten’s Peter Grimes, a revival of Puccini’s La Bohème, as well as a Symphony Concert.
From the first moments of the relatively well-known overture, Albert Horne signalled that premium quality would be served here…Wiesbaden’s “Candide” goes well beyond the usual operetta routine.Frankfurter Rundschau
In South Africa he has conducted productions of Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars, while international productions include Porgy and Bess (France, Germany, the UK, Israel and South Africa), Show Boat (France, Sweden and South Africa), Mandela Trilogy (Germany, Australia and South Africa) and African Sanctus in Australia. In addition, he has conducted various orchestral concerts, both in South Africa and abroad.