David McGill, newly appointed Principal Bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1963. At the age of 17, he won the position of principal bassoon in the Tulsa Philharmonic. After one season, he was accepted as a student of Sol Schoenbach at the Curtis Institute of Music where his chamber music and woodwind instructors were John de Lancie and John Minsker. Before graduating from Curtis in 1985, he was the 1983 winner of the I.D.R.S. “Fernand Gillet Competition.” Mr. McGill was the principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony for three seasons and the principal bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra for nine years. In 1996, he was engaged to fill the principal bassoon chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by music director Daniel Barenboim.
Mr. McGill was selected by Sir Georg Solti to tech and play principal bassoon in the “Solti Orchestral Project” in Carnegie Hall in June of 1994 and in a hand-picked international orchestra in Geneva in 1995. He has performed with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Marlboro, Aspen, and Tanglewood Music Festivals. David McGill recorded Mozart’s “Concerto for Bassoon” with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1993. In 1994, he played the world premiere performance of the Oskar Morawetz “Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra,” a work written for him. He has also recorded a teaching CD, “Orchestral Excerpts for Bassoon” on the Summit label. Mr. McGill plans future recordings with Donald Peck and Alfred Genovese for Boston Records.