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David Buck

Adjunct Associate Professor of Flute

David Buck is principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Praised for his “supple tone, rhythmic dynamism and technical agility” (The Oregonian), he was previously principal flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and has also held positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oregon Symphony. Guest principal appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony.

As a soloist, Buck has collaborated with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Leonard Slatkin, John Storgårds, Paul Watkins, Richard Egarr, Teddy Abrams and H. Robert Reynolds. In 2014, he recorded John Williams’ rarely heard Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony for Naxos Records.

During the summer months, Buck has appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Colorado Music Festival, Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom, Spoleto Festival del Due Monde and the Pacific Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri and Emerson String Quartets, the LA Phil New Music Group and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

A native of Philadelphia, Buck began playing the flute at the age of nine. After initial studies with David Cramer, he went on to graduate from The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma as a student of Robert Langevin and Jeffrey Khaner. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, flutist Jung-Wan Kang.


B.M./Flute, The Juilliard School, 2005
Graduate Diploma, The Juilliard School, 2007


Private lessons in flute, graduate and undergraduate


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