David Buck

Principal Flute

Joy & Ronald Mankoff Chair

David Buck was appointed Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2017. 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, Mr. Buck has collaborated with conductors including Fabio Luisi, Jaap van Zweden, Leonard Slatkin, John Storgårds, Richard Egarr, Paul Watkins and H. Robert Reynolds. In 2014, he recorded John Williams’ rarely heard Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for Naxos Records.


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

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

Mr. Buck is a Powell Artist.