Principal, Supported by David and Shelley Hovind
A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill is Seattle Symphony’s Principal Flute, returning in 2017 after previously holding the position from 2011–14. During the time away, he was Principal Flute at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation. He enjoys an active career as a leading soloist, recitalist, educator, artistic director and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a founding member of The Myriad Trio and The McGill/McHale Trio, and has participated in many national and international chamber music festivals. 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 Julius Baker at The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music degree. In 2017 he was named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.