Demarre McGill, Flutist

DEMARRE MCGILL

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From his first notes, the effect was astonishing. It was the tone he drew from his instrument which caught the ear first, and continued to throughout the performance. Totally clean, liquid, mellifluous—i.e., honeyed—in the best sense of the word, rounded and beautiful, it beckoned you in.
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Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. In 2018 he performed and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea and Japan, was 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 in Washington DC in a program entitled "Bernstein the Humanitarian.”

Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of 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 participated in the Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, 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 first CD, "Portraits," released in August 2017, has received rave reviews.

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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 his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age 7 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 at The Juilliard School. In September of 2017 he was named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.