David Matthews

Oboe + English Horn

Karen & Jim Wiley Chair

David Matthews joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1991 and has been solo English horn since 1995. He attended the University of North Texas, where he studied with Charles Veazey. While there, he was awarded Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Senior, and named the Presser Scholar. After college he studied oboe and English horn as well as instrument repair with Stephen Lickman and oboe with Eric Barr. Positions that he held during that time included Principal Oboe in the Dallas Opera and Associate Professor of Oboe at Texas Tech University. He won a temporary position with the Dallas Symphony in 1990 where he played Second Oboe until winning a national audition for Assistant Principal Oboe in the Atlanta Symphony. Since moving to the English horn chair in the Dallas Symphony, highlights have included performing and recording the prominent English horn solo in Shostakovichā€™s 8th Symphony, performing The Swan of Tuonela and being one of four DSO musicians on the Conductor Search Committee that selected Maestro Jaap von Zweden as Music Director. David has three grown children, a son in law, and a precious granddaughter who loves her Gdad!