Australian Brass Quintet
The Australian Brass Quintet are dedicated to presenting creative and engaging programs including established masterpieces, innovative new works for the modern brass quintet and collaborations with local and international artists. With a rich history of playing together, the ABQ are a unique Australian ensemble who are sought after for commissions, festivals, recordings, collaborations and residencies. They are passionate about the future of brass music in Australia which they foster by championing new works, presenting education programs and residencies, and mentoring young professional musicians.
For over a decade, in addition to their performances around Australia and the Asian region the Australian Brass Quintet has been committed to mentoring musicians of all ages and abilities. Every member of the ensemble is responsible for training young musicians entering the profession in their various roles at many of this country’s leading tertiary music institutions, and have either currently or formerly served as lecturers at leading universities in Australia, the UK, the US, New Zealand and Singapore. Through workshops, masterclasses, and side-by-side programs the ABQ are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love of brass playing in the community.
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David Elton - trumpet
David Elton joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2012, having previously held principal trumpet positions with the West Australian and Adelaide symphony orchestras. He has performed and toured as a guest principal with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He has also performed on several occasions with the Australian World Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has performed concertos with the ACO and the Sydney, Adelaide, West Australian and Canberra symphony orchestras, including, with the WASO, the premiere of James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto, which was written for him. As a chamber musician, he is a member of the Australian Brass Quintet and has participated in many chamber music festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. He has also toured in Germany with World Brass and Mahler Chamber Brass.
Raised in Sydney, David Elton began studying trumpet at the age of nine, and became a student of Paul Goodchild on reaching high school. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Queensland Conservatorium (where he studied with Yoram Levy), and a Master’s degree from Northwestern University in Illinois (studying with Charles Geyer and Barbara Butler).
David Elton is on the Brass faculty at the Australian National Academy of Music. He was formerly Head of Brass at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a guest faculty member at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore.
Dominic Longhurst - trumpet
Dominic has recently returned to Australia having moved to England in 2015 to study trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he received a first class honours degree in performance. There, he studied with Gareth Small and Murray Grieg, and his progress earned him opportunities to perform with The Hallé Orchestra, the Dutch National Opera and the prestigious Symphonic Brass of London.
In 2018, Dominic was recipient of one of the highest musical honours in the U.K and was recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Award, for most distinguished student at the RNCM.Since returning home to Sydney in 2019, Dominic has enjoyed opportunities to tour with Opera Australia and performances with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
This year, Dominic is delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as the trumpet fellow. In addition to his playing commitments, Dominic is also the conductor of the renowned Willoughby Band.
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Euan Harvey - french horn
After completing degrees in Music and Business Administration at Victoria University of Wellington, Euan Harvey worked as a corporate tax specialist in New Zealand, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 2002 before taking up a Fulbright Scholarship to study orchestral performance at the Manhattan School of Music with Erik Ralske and Michelle Baker. He has also spent time studying in London, Salzburg and Berlin.
Euan Harvey was formerly Co-Principal Horn of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Switzerland and toured with that orchestra to some of the major concert halls of Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has performed as a freelancer in numerous ensembles in New York and as guest principal horn of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as principal with numerous orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, played Principal Wagner Tuba for the 2016 Melbourne Ring Cycle, and before joining the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2008, he was Sub-Principal Horn with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for four years.
Euan has recorded the Brahms Horn Trio and Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings for ABC classics and has performed as a chamber musician with the Australia Chamber Orchestra, New Sydney Wind Quintet, Sydney Omega Ensemble and the new music group Stroma. He is in demand as a teacher and educator, having previously tutored at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and recently having taken master classes for the University of Melbourne and the Regional Youth Orchestra of NSW.
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Scott Kinmont - trombone
Since winning 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 teachers. He was previously Principal Trombone of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and he has performed with orchestras throughout Australasia and in Europe, including the Australian World Orchestra.
As a soloist, he 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 a soloist with brass bands, orchestras and big bands, and in 2008 he made his debut as a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, performing Lee Bracegirdle’s Euphonium Concerto, written for him.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is a member of the Australian Brass Quintet and has performed with many of Australia’s leading chamber and contemporary music ensembles. A founding member of the Sydney Ophicleide Quartet and the New Holland Sackbut Ensemble, he has also performed and directed original instrument ensembles on sackbut (Renaissance trombone), serpent and ophicleide. He has also embarked on a conducting career, conducting the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Brass Ensemble in 2017.
Scott Kinmont has held teaching posts at Sydney University, Canberra School of Music and Sydney Conservatorium, was guest lecturer in euphonium at Northwestern University in Chicago (2012–13) and is currently on the faculty of the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
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Brett Page - bass trombone
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 Chamber Orchestra, Australian Baroque Brass, and the more recently formed, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO).