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Demarre McGill, flute

Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Fellowship, he performed as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . In 2018 he performed and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea and Japan, was a soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and on May 20, 2018 performed with the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral from Washington DC in a program called “Bernstein the Humanitarian.”

Today, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, he was previously principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra and the Orchestra of Santa Fe Opera. He recently served as Acting Principal Flute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A founding member of the Myriad Trio and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has performed at chamber music festivals in Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch, to name a few. He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their debut CD, “Portraits”, released in August 2017, received rave reviews .

Media credits include appearances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, A&E Network’s The Gifted Ones, NBC’s Today Show, NBC Nightly News and with brother Anthony when they were teenagers in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.

Originally from Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at the age of seven and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School. In September 2017, he was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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