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