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Trinette McClimont

French Horn

Trinette has played rank and file horn with MSO since 1997. She took up the horn rather late, at the age of 16 whilst living on Boyne Island in Queensland. After completing a degree in piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she started taking the horn seriously and took herself to Germany on a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Scholarship.

In Germany Trinette studied with Professor Erich Penzel in Cologne and toured Europe as the Australian representative in the Philharmonic Der Nationen. She then won a job with The Philharmonisches Orchester der stadt Bielefeld and played there for a year before returning home to join the wonderful MSO. Trinette has received the Elton John Award and an MSO Friends Grant.

Meet Trinette


What have been the highlights of your MSO career to date?
Concert performance of Otello conducted by Oleg Caetani, and the concerts in Paris and Berlin on the 2007 European tour.

What are the best and worst things about touring?
Best: Seeing new places and catching up with friends across the world.
Worst: Can’t think of any.

What is your favourite piece of music?
Beethoven Symphonies 3, 5 and 7; Brahms Symphonies 1 and 4, Strauss’ A Hero’s Life, Bruckner Symphony No. 4 – all the works with big, fun horn parts.

Who are your musical heroes or influences?
Lucinda Lewis, Principal Horn in New Jersey, who brought me through a terrible embouchure injury to full recovery

When you do have time off, how do you relax?
Playing with Daisy the British Bulldog, cycling, gym, church activities, quilting and paper craft.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
Working with animals (but not a vet, because I couldn’t put an animal to sleep).

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