WELCOME TO THE DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, DAVID AND UNA!

 The DSO is proud to welcome David Buck as Principal Flute and Una Gong as section cello starting this season.

David Buck, Principal Flute
Joy & Ronald Mankoff Chair

HOMETOWN

Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION
The Juilliard School

PREVIOUS POSITION
Principal Flute, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING THE FLUTE?
When I was 9 years old.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC THAT STRUCK YOU?
It’s a little cliché, but it was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

WAS THERE A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU DECIDED TO PURSUE CLASSICAL MUSIC PROFESSIONALLY?
When I was 14 years, I performed Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 with my local youth orchestra, and I had such a great time that I decided to try to turn my passion for music into a career. Although it was an important moment for me, in retrospect I probably should have been more focused on what I was playing!

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO PERFORMING THIS SEASON?
I’m especially excited about Wagner’s Die Walküre, which I’ve never had the chance to play before, and Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO ABOUT LIVING IN DALLAS?
Three things in particular: the vibrant arts scene, the wonderful food and restaurants, and — after living in Michigan for five years — not having to shovel any snow this winter!

TEX-MEX OR BBQ?
 BBQ

CATS OR DOGS?
Dogs

ONE NON-MUSICAL THING ABOUT YOU
Outside of music, I’m also very interested in food and wine.

Una Gong, section cello

HOMETOWN

New York, NY

EDUCATION
Juilliard Pre College, Peabody Conservatory (BM), and Manhattan School of Music(MM)

PREVIOUS POSITION
Section cellist at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING THE CELLO?
I started playing the piano first when I was four and when I was thirteen, my friend showed me her cello. She started playing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” and the sound was so captivating. I immediately fell in love and knew I want to be a cellist.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC THAT STRUCK YOU?
I would definitely say the six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach, especially the Prelude from the first suite. When I heard the suites for the first time, I repeated them over and over. It may sound so simple at first, but it's very complex and rich in both conception and expression.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO PERFORMING THIS SEASON?
Mahler Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection!” It's definitely my favorite symphony, and I remember I got so emotional the last time I played it. It's divine and spiritual.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF PLAYING MUSIC?
I love cooking. It's always fun cooking for friends and family. And I also love hiking. When I lived in San Francisco, I loved to go hiking in Muir Woods and Mount Tamalpais State Park. 

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