Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. A winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as a soloist with Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as well as Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. Now Principal Flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as Principal Flute of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. Also, he recently served as Acting Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Additionally, Demarre is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with his brother, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, “Portraits,” released on Cedille Records in August 2017, has received rave reviews.
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 Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School.