Scott Kinmont

Australian Hometown(s): Brisbane & Sydney
Education: Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Australian National University, Canberra; Northwestern University, Chicago

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Since winning his position of Associate Principal Trombonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Scott Kinmont has established himself as one of this country’s leading brass players and educators. He began learning trombone through the Queensland Education Department school band programme with Jim Hartingdon, later going on to studies with Arthur Middleton at the Queensland Conservatorium and Michael Mulcahy at the Canberra School of Music.

Scott has continued studies with many of the world’s greatest brass players, including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In 2002 he was the recipient of the Fulbright Award for the Visual and Performing Arts, which enabled him to travel to the US to complete his Master’s degree studying trombone performance and conducting, and to appear as Guest Lecturer in Euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago.

As a soloist, Scott holds the unusual distinction of having won international solo competitions on two different instruments – the trombone and the euphonium. Scott has appeared as a soloist with a variety of ensembles including brass bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras. He has also appeared as a guest artist at many leading musical institutions and at many of Australia’s most important brass symposiums.

Scott has appeared as a guest principal with orchestras in Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and throughout Australia.  In addition to his orchestral commitments, Scott is currently a member of the teaching faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne and was Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium for 13 years.  Many of his former students now hold positions with orchestras in Europe, the US and Australia.

Collaborations with young Australian composers have seen him premiere several pieces written for him including a euphonium concerto by Peter Keller premiered in Chicago in 2003, and Lee Bracegirdle’s Euphonium Concerto premiered with the SSO in 2008. He has also been a member of many of Australia’s leading ensembles, including the Australian Brass Quintet, Sydney Brass, and the Canberra Trombone Quartet. Over the past fifteen years, Scott has conducted a variety of ensembles for performances broadcast by the ABC.

Last updated 2018

Brett Page

Australian Hometown:
Education:

PROGESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Perth born Brett Page is one of Australia’s leading bass trombonists. He has performed with most Australian orchestras, extensively touring Australia, Europe and Asia. Brett held the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Opera Australia Orchestra for twelve years and regularly performs with Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Brett has featured as guest artist with the Australian Brass Quintet and performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Brett has a passion for early music, performing on both the Sackbut and Classical trombone. This has lead to period performances and recordings with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Baroque Brass, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the more recently formed,  Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO).

Last updated 2021

Donna Parkes

Australian Hometown: Canberra
Education: Canberra School of Music, Australian National Academy of Music

PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

Australian trombonist Donna Parkes has been Principal Trombone of the Louisville Orchestra since 2008 and has been Principal Trombone of the Colorado Music Festival since 2009. Prior to this year, she played the 2012-13 season with the Utah Symphony and the 2007-8 season with the San Francisco Symphony. Parkes was a member of the Virginia Symphony from 2001-2007 and was a member of the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas for two years. She has performed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Oregon Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Parkes has performed at the Arizona Musicfest, the Marlboro Festival, and the Grand Tetons Festival and in 2016 toured with the Australian World Orchestra. Solo competition successes include winning the Australian National Trombone Competition, the Brisbane International Brass Competition, and finalist in the Jeju Brass Competition in Korea. She has appeared as a soloist or clinician at the International Women’s Brass Conference, International Trombone Festival and the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. Parkes received her Masters Degree studying under Charles Vernon at DePaul University and other primary teachers include Michael Mulcahy and Ron Prussing.

Last updated 2018