Since winning the position of Associate Principal trombonist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the age of 20, Scott Kinmont has established himself as one of Australia’s leading brass players and teachers. Prior to his appointment to the SSO Scott was the Principal Trombonist of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Scott has also performed with orchestras throughout the Australasian region and in Europe and is member of the Australian World Orchestra.
As a soloist, Scott holds the unusual distinction of winning international solo competitions on both the trombone and the euphonium - the UMI International Trombone Competition in the US in 1993, and the Tubamania International Euphonium Competition held in Australia in 1999. He has appeared as soloist with a variety of ensembles, including brass bands, orchestras, and big bands. In 2008 Scott made his debut as a soloist with the SSO, performing the Lee Bracegirdle Euphonim Concerto written for him.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, Scott is a member of the Australian Brass Quintet and has performed with many of this country’s leading chamber and contemporary music ensembles. A founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet and the New Holland Sackbut Ensemble, Scott has performed and directed original instrument ensembles on sackbut (Renaissance trombone), serpent and the obscure nineteenth century instrument, the ophicleide. In recent times Scott has undertaken a conducting career, his most recent engagement as conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble in 2017.
As a teacher, Scott was the the Lecturer in Trombone at Sydney University from 1991-1994, the Canberra School of Music from 1995-97, Guest Lecturer in Euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago 2012-13, and the Lecturer in Trombone and Euphonium Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 2004-17. He is currently a lecturer in trombone at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Scott initially learnt from James Hartingdon through the Queensland Education Department Instrumental Programme, before continuing studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Arthur Middleton. Scott concluded his studies at the Australian National University in Canberra with Michael Mulcahy, and subsequently completed a Masters of Music at Northwestern University in Chicago with Mr Mulcahy and Charles Vernon some year later. He has also undertaken studies with current and former members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, The Berlin Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.