David Buck Appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Formerly Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Buck Comes to Dallas in the 2017/18 Season
DSO Also Welcomes Una Gong, Cello
Dallas, TX (September 5, 2017) — Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra announce the appointment of David Buck as Principal Flute in the Joy & Ronald Mankoff Chair. Buck comes to Dallas from Detroit, where he was Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012. Buck joined the Dallas Symphony for performances of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony in May 2017 and during the Bravo! Vail residency in June 2017, and he will assume the role of Principal Flute beginning with the 2017/18 season.
“I am delighted to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute. It will be an honor to work with Maestro van Zweden during his last season as Music Director in Dallas,” said Buck. “I am particularly looking forward to the performances of Wagner’s Die Walküre and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. My wife and I also look forward to exploring Dallas and its vibrant arts and culinary scene.”
Buck succeeds Demarre McGill who held the position from 2013 through 2016. Prior to McGill, the Joy & Ronald Mankoff Principal Flute Chair was occupied by Jean Larson Garver who performed with the Dallas Symphony for 42 years and retired in 2013.
David Buck is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of The Juilliard School. He previously held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony, and has made guest principal appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. His primary teachers were Robert Langevin, Jeffrey Khaner and David Cramer.
As a soloist, Mr. Buck has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the Oregon Symphony, collaborating with conductors including Leonard Slatkin, John Storgårds, Paul Watkins and H. Robert Reynolds. In 2014, he recorded John Williams's rarely heard Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Maestro Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony for Naxos Records. He moves to Dallas with his wife Jung-Wan Kang.
The Dallas Symphony also welcomes Una Gong to the cello section this season. Gong joins the DSO after serving as section cello with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra during the 2016/17 season. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
“I am very excited to join the cello section of the DSO,” said Gong. “I am looking forward to working with Maestro van Zweden, especially on Mahler’s Second Symphony in February.”
About the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Jaap van Zweden, presents the finest in orchestral music at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, regarded as one of the world's premier concert halls. As the largest performing arts organization in the Southwest, the DSO is committed to inspiring the broadest possible audience with distinctive classical programs, inventive pops concerts and innovative multi-media presentations. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the orchestra reaches more than 230,000 adults and children through performances, educational programs and community outreach initiatives. The DSO’s involvement with the City of Dallas and the surrounding region includes an award-winning multi-faceted educational program, community projects, popular parks concerts and youth programming. The DSO has a tradition dating back to 1900, and it is a cornerstone of the unique, 68 acre Arts District in downtown Dallas that is home to multiple performing arts venues, museums and parks; the largest district of its kind in the nation. The DSO is supported, in part, by funds from the Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Dallas.