Seattle, WA – Seattle Symphony announces the appointment of Principal Flute Demarre McGill, who will join the Orchestra in September. He comes to Seattle from the San Diego Symphony where he has been Principal Flute since 2004. The Symphony’s current Principal Flute Scott Goff will retire at the end of this season after 42 years in the position.
Seattle Symphony Music Director Designate Ludovic Morlot commented, “The first principal appointment is always important for a new music director, and I am so pleased that Demarre McGill will be joining the Orchestra in the fall as Principal Flute. I admire his incredible talent and energy, as well as the work he has done to introduce new audiences to classical music — something I, too, am passionate about.”
In addition to the San Diego Symphony, McGill has served as Principal Flute of the Santa Fe Opera and Florida orchestras, and was Acting Principal with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with the Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, San Diego, Milwaukee, Dayton, Winston-Salem and Florida orchestras.
McGill is the 2003 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has also performed at the following U.S. festivals: Marlboro Music Festival; Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Mainly Mozart Festival (CA); Mostly Mozart Festival (NY); La Jolla Summerfest; and the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival. He has been featured on a PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast with the Chamber Music Society performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 as well as on an Angel Records recording playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with pianist Awadagin Pratt and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
McGill received his bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He continued his studies with Baker at The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music degree. Prior to Curtis, he studied with Susan Levitin in Chicago. McGill has been heavily involved in the San Diego community, both with Art of Élan, a chamber music organization whose focus is to expose new audiences to classical music; and as co-founder of The Myriad Trio, which performs at the University of California at San Diego, among other venues.