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Alex Kinmonth

Alex Kinmonth is the Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera. Alex has participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Music Festival ,the Music Academy of the West, and the Aspen Festival.

Alex Kinmonth
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Performance Routine

Work through pieces slowly. I decide on my time frame for a concert preparation depending on the program. l always schedule more time than I think I really need, just to be safe.  I have specific goals in every piece so I can keep those in my mind when prioritizing practice hours.  In the beginning …

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Learning New Pieces

Start practicing far ahead before performances. First I start with listening to recordings of the work. I want to have more reasonable expectations before I start playing a piece. At the beginning I always play very slow through a new piece. Slow enough to basically avoid any mistakes. If I do mess up, I focus …

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