Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Principal Flute, Bruce & Judy Thesenga Principal Flute Chair
David Buck was appointed principal flute of the Oregon Symphony in 2005 by music director Carlos Kalmar. The Oregonian has praised him for his “supple tone, rhythmic dynamism, and technical agility.” David is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where he earned a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma. He took a hiatus from his studies at Juilliard after his sophomore year to serve as Associate Principal flutist with the Honolulu Symphony. He has also had the opportunity to appear as a guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, David has been a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Axiom Ensemble, and the Julliard Woodwind Quintet. He has participated in several summer festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival del Due Monde, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival. A native of Philadelphia, David’s primary teachers have been New York Philharmonic principal flutist Robert Langevin, and Jeffrey Khaner and David Cramer of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In his spare time David enjoys reading and drinking coffee.