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 has conducted “Candide”, “Madama Butterfly”, “Boris Godunov”, “La Bohème”, “Peter Grimes”, the world premiere production “Schönerland”, the Wiesbaden premiere of Tim Plegge’s ballet “Liliom”, a Symphony Concert with the Hessisches Staatsorchester and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera, “Anna Nicole”. In 2019 and 2020 he also conducted a series of concerts with the Münchner Symphoniker in the Philharmonie am Gasteig and the Prinzregententheater in Munich. 2018 saw him conducting the Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra on tour in Germany, South Africa and Botswana, as well as an orchestral concert with the Rheinische Orchesterakademie Mainz in 2019. This season, he returns to the podium to conduct Jörg Widmann’s opera, “Babylon”, as well as Puccini’s “Il Trittico” (which he will share with Alexander Joel).
In South Africa he has conducted productions of “Madama Butterfly” (Puccini), “La traviata” (Verdi), “Gianni Schicchi” & “Suor Angelica” (Puccini), “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Monteverdi) and Kurt Weill’s “Lost in the Stars”, while international productions include Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” (France, Germany, UK Tour, Israel and South Africa), Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat” (France, Germany, Sweden and South Africa), Peter-Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell’s “Mandela Trilogy” (Germany, Australia and South Africa) and “African Sanctus” (David Fanshawe) in Australia. In addition, he has conducted various orchestral concerts, both in South Africa and abroad.
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