Alex Kinmonth, Robert Williams & Pauline Martin





Alex Kinmonth, Robert Williams & Pauline Martin

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Alex Kinmonth, oboe
  • Robert Williams, bassoon
  • Pauline Martin , piano

Event Details

This concert is a part of the KCH Does Detroit series, bringing Detroit area artists to the KCH stage. This series is made possible through the generous support of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan


Trios by Poulenc & Lalliet
Saint-Saens' Bassoon Sonata
Schumann's Romances for Oboe & Piano

Alex Kinmonth

Alex Kinmonth has recently been appointed Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra by Leonard Slatkin. He is currently a senior at The Juilliard School, studying with Nathan Hughes of the Metropolitan Opera. Kinmonth will be participating in the Mainly Mozart Festival this summer and has substituted in the Metropolitan Opera on both oboe and English horn and in the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he was chosen for the prestigious New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. During his summers, he has attended Music Academy of the West, the Round Top Institute, and the Aspen Festival, where he received a fellowship in 2014. He is also a winner of the Professional Musicians Club of Boston’s award for “Outstanding Achievement.” During his time at Juilliard, Alex has performed operas, orchestral works, and new music with the Juilliard Orchestra and New Juilliard Ensemble, working with noted conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Jaap Van Zweden, and Alan Gilbert.

Kinmonth grew up in a musical household in Carlisle, Mass., choosing to play violin at age 5 and oboe at age 9. From a young age, he has pursued orchestral, solo, and chamber music interests, playing with the Boston Youth Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, and winning awards from the Massachusetts Choral and Conducting Association, Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and Concord (MA) Orchestra. His former teachers include John Ferrillo and Laura Ahlbeck. Although music is the main focus of Alex’s life, he also enjoys a balance of athletic, social, and academic interests. He participated in the 2010 National Junior Olympics for fencing, and enjoys soccer, pole vaulting, and downhill mountain biking. He is also the winner of a National Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards’ Short Story category.

Robert Williams

Robert Williams has been Principal Bassoonist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since September of 1974. Prior to that appointment he was solo bassoonist with the Winnipeg Symphony, Winnipeg CBC Orchestra, Colorado Philharmonic, and Tucson Symphony. He has also played summer engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and Boston Symphony at Tanglewood.

In addition to his duties with the DSO, Williams plays in the CutTime Players, the Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet, the DSO Bassoon Quartet, the DSO Woodwind Quintet, the Bellingham Music Festiva,l and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He teaches at Wayne State University and has been on the music faculties of the Aspen Music School and Festival, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the Grand Teton Orchestra Training Institute, Claremont Music Festival, and the Utah Music Festival. He has also given master classes at Tanglewood, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and the University of Arizona.

He has been a featured guest artist at the University of Nebraska, Bowling Green State University, Arizona State University’s “Bassoon Days” in 2003, Fresno State University’s “Double Reed Days” in 2000, and the Glickman-Popkin Double Reed Camp in 1997. He played a joint recital with DSO Principal Oboist Donald Baker at the 1998 International Double Reed Society convention in Evanston, IL.

Williams can be heard on all of the DSO recordings conducted by former Music Director Antal Dorati, including the award winning Rite of Spring and on the Chandos recordings led by Neeme Järvi. Fox Products released the new Neo-Bubonic Bassoon Quartet recording in 2003. He has just finished a new CD “Romanze of Weissenborn” of the works of Julius Weissenborn for bassoon and piano released on the Equilibrium label.

A native of Tucson, AZ, he graduated with honors from the University of Arizona and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California. His major bassoon teachers include Wendal Jones, Leonard Sharrow, and Norman Herzberg.

He lives in Northville with his wife, English hornist Treva Womble and son Trevor. When not practicing or making reeds he enjoys fly-fishing and tying flies. Together Treva and Bob are owners of Womble/Williams Double Reeds, a home business that specializes in products for the oboe and bassoon. They are authorized Fox dealers, produce bassoon cane and sell supplies for both oboe and bassoon. Their web site is Williams plays on a Fox model 601 bassoon, serial number 40,004 built in South Whitley, IN, in 2005.

Pauline Martin

Pauline Martin's Washington debut captured the Washington Post headline, Pauline Martin's Dazzling Debut. The Canadian born pianist continues to earn international recognition for her solo and chamber music performances, recordings and national broadcasts in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Martin has been a featured performer and teacher at such festivals as the Sarasota (Florida), Summer Serenades (Maryland), Scandinavian Winter Days (Reykjavik) and Aria International Festivals and Michigan’s Ann Arbor, Mackinac Island, Grove and Irving S. Gilmore Festivals. As concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra London Canada, among others. She has recorded for the Naxos, Koch and CRS labels and, as founding member of the St. Clair Trio, is a recipient of the prestigious Chamber Music America/WQXR-FM award for its outstanding CD, “Old Acquaintances” (Koch) as well as a first-round Grammy nomination for “Hobson’s Choice”(Koch). Recent releases include “A Postcard from Europe” with clarinetist George Stoffan and the Naxos CD: “Imaginary Creatures” (works by James Hartway). She currently serves as Artistic Director of Chamber Soloists of Detroit.

Pauline Martin earned B.M. and M.M. performance degrees from Indiana University, instructed by Menahem Pressler, and a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan, as a student of Theodore Lettvin, Gary Graffman and André Watts. She has served on the faculties of Wayne State, Oakland and Michigan State Universities and is in demand in the academic community for her performance related presentations.