Demarre McGill


Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Demarre McGill has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra; San Francisco, Seattle, and San Diego symphonies; Pittsburgh, Dallas, Winnipeg, Hawaiʻi, Hartford, and Baltimore
symphony orchestras, and at age 15, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. McGill has participated in festivals around the globe, cofounded Art of Élan, is a founding member of the Myriad Trio, and has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.

With clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, Demarre McGill founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014, and the trio’s debut recording, Portraits, was released in 2017 to rave reviews. Demarre McGill’s other recordings include Winged Creatures with Anthony McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. McGill performs, coaches, and presents master classes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Committed to teaching, he holds the position of Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a member of the artist faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School and teaches at the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland.

Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, Mr. McGill previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and was acting principal flute of The Met Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Chicago, Mr. McGill studied there with Susan Levitin and continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School with Jeffrey Khaner and Julius Baker.