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Concert #5

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.

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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.

Scott Kinmont - trombone

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 the trombone through the Queensland Education Department’s Instrumental Music Programme with Mr Jim Hartingdon, later studying at the Queensland Conservatorium with Mr Arthur Middleton and 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.

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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.

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.


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Vatche Jambazian - piano

Sydney-born pianist Vatche Jambazian completed his Master of Music at The Juilliard School following studies at the Sydney Conservatorium. Following his international debut in Armenia, Vatche has since performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. 


Vatche was awarded the Fine Music Station (2MBS) Young Performer of the Year (NSW), was a finalist in the ABC Young Performer of the Year and a prize winner at the Los Angeles International Piano Competition. Concert engagements have seen him perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, Hobart Town Hall, The Foundling Museum, Zipper Hall, and Lincoln Centre where he gave the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Light and Matter Piano Trio through the Rolex Arts Initiative.


Vatche has been featured on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music Station 2MBS, WQXR Radio (NYC), and has performed with baritone David Greco, soprano Eleanor Lyons, and the Orava Quartet.


During the pandemic Vatche has maintained an active performance schedule featuring in the Digital Season at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Phoenix Central Park and additionally holds the position of Guest Artist and Professor at The Piano Institute (Surabaya, Indonesia).


Vatche was recently appointed Principal Pianist for Omega Ensemble and currently holds the position of Academic lecturer at the Australian Institute of Music.

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