Associate Principal Trombone – Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Faculty Member – Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM); Former Lecturer in Trombone & Euphonium studies – Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National University, Canberra; Northwestern University, Chicago
Since his appointment to the position of Associate Principal Trombone with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Scott Kinmont has established himself as one of Australia’s leading brass players and educators. Scott began learning the trombone through the Queensland Education Department’s Instrumental Music Programme with Mr Jim Hartingdon, later studying through the Queensland Conservatorium with Mr Arthur Middleton and then concluded his tertiary level studies with Mr Michael Mulcahy at the Australian National University in Canberra. In 2002 he was the recipient of the Fulbright Award for the Visual and Performing Arts, completing his Master’s degree studying Trombone performance and conducting, and appearing as Guest Lecturer in Euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago. In addition to his formal studies, Scott has also had lessons with many of the world’s leading brass players, including members of the Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Symphony.
As a soloist, Scott holds the unusual distinction of winning international solo competitions on both the trombone and the euphonium. He appears regularly as a guest artist around the Asian region giving recitals and masterclasses at many leading music institutions and festivals, and has appeared as soloist with a variety of ensembles including orchestras, brass bands and big bands. Scott is also a member of the acclaimed Australian Brass Quintet.
Apart from his Sydney Symphony Orchestra commitments, Scott has appeared as a guest with orchestras in Australia, Germany, New Zealand, and throughout the Asian region.
In 2017, Scott made his professional conducting debut leading the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble and, after this successful collaboration, returned for performances with them in 2019 and 2022.
As an educator, Scott is currently teaching at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and recently completed a 13 year tenure as the Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium studies at the Sydney Conservatorium with many former students now holding positions in orchestras in Australia, Europe and the US. Scott has also appeared as a guest lecturer at universities in the US, New Zealand, China, Singapore, and Australia.
Scott has more recently explored the world of original instrument performance. Recent undertakings have included performances and recording projects on the Renaissance Trombone (or sackbut) and the more obscure Serpent, as well as being a founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet.
Last updated 2023